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Awareness Ribbons & Memorial Urns

Awareness ribbons have come to symbolize a wide array of important causes. The iconic pink ribbon, representing breast cancer awareness, is etched into the public consciousness due to the efforts of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and other related charities in launching Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Other causes took up the ribbon at around the same time, notably AIDS awareness groups which pioneered a red awareness ribbon. Continue reading Awareness Ribbons & Memorial Urns

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Photo Memorials: 7 Unique Funeral Pictures & Keepsakes

With the quality and affordability of both amateur and professional portrait photography on the rise, creating high quality and unique photo memorials for displaying a loved one’s image at a funeral or memorial service has never been easier. Here are some of the options available for funeral pictures & keepsakes. Continue reading Photo Memorials: 7 Unique Funeral Pictures & Keepsakes

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12 Heartwarming Pet Memorial Gifts

12 Heartwarming Pet Memorial Gifts

Today we are going to look at twelve absolutely heartwarming pet memorial gifts.

If someone you know has had a beloved pet pass away, a thoughtful and personalized pet memorial gift can show that special touch of sympathy and friendship. At the same time, a heartfelt sympathy gift gives the pet’s owner a keepsake memento to help them treasure the memories of their pet forever. Here are 12 heartwarming pet memorial gift ideas.

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Memorial Tree Urns: Plant a Tree from a Loved One’s Remains

Grow ashes into a tree

When a loved one passes, it is natural to want a unique way to cherish the memory of their life and personality. With our new Memorial Tree Urns, we have made available a simple, beautiful, and life-celebrating way to create lasting memorial to your loved one while caring for the environment around you.

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Memorial Service Ideas: My Special Memory of You Cards

Keepsake memory cards for funeral services

Keepsake memory cards for funeral servicesMemorial services are busy, stressful, and often a blur for the family of the deceased. Often, during a funeral service, attendees will be invited to share memories of the loved one, and these will be humorous, touching, and interesting. But how to remember so many stories and insights?

That is why at Urns Northwest we are proud to offer a ready-to-use package of memory cards, to be filled out by those who share (or don’t have time during the service to share) wonderful memories of their friend.

These packs include 50 cards and 20 pens, in a beautiful ivory pouch to store these hand-written memorials as an heirloom. Each card reads, “My Special Memory of You”, and is lined on the front and back for maximum space.

Memory Cards – “My Special Memory of You”

 

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Memorial Service Keepsakes: Pewter Pocket Charms

A memorial service is a time to remember, to share stories of fun and laughter and of tough times endured and gracious acts of love, all of which will be treasured in the hearts and minds of those who gather together to honor the life of a loved one.

Our minds store our memories in long- and short-term; and many people find that a particular location or object aids the retention of a memory into our long-term memory. That is why we offer keepsakes for memorial service, such as our Angel Pocket Charm. These sorts of items can be passed out to all who attend a service, not only as a token of appreciation for attending the service, but also as a mnemonic device for remembering the departed loved one. Continue reading Memorial Service Keepsakes: Pewter Pocket Charms

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A Simple and Affordable Photo Memorial

We offer a beautiful ceramic Photo Memorial Tile that will be sure to warm the hearts of your entire family.  Made by hand in the USA, and measuring 4″ x 4″ or 6″ x 6″, we will permanently affix a photograph of your loved one along with an inscription of up to four lines through our ceramic firing process, which results in a gorgeous old-fashioned sepia effect, perfect for honoring and remembering your loved one.

Customized Photo Memorial TileAt $39.95 ($49.95 for 6″x6″), this memorial tile is a wonderful and affordable tribute. Plus, if you purchase two or more, the price is only $24.95 each ($34.95 for 6″x6″). This way you can get one for each family member or close friend without exceeding your budget. Orders over $100 receive free ground shipping.

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What is a Sharing Keepsake Urn?

Sharing Keepsake Urns

A keepsake urn is a small urn which holds a tiny amount of cremated remains, usually between 1-50 cubic inches depending on the design of the keepsake. This is just a small portion of the cremated remains, as the average amount of ashes from an adult cremation is just under 200 cubic inches.

A small keepsake urn next to a standard adult urn
The larger urn in the back will hold 200 cubic inches of remains, while the “sharing keepsake urn” in the foreground holds just 1 cubic inch of ashes in a tiny hidden compartment.

Sharing keepsake urns are used for a variety of purposes, usually to keep a small portion of remains as a memento when your loved one’s ashes are buried or kept in a funeral niche. Many of our keepsakes are smaller versions of a standard sized urn for this very reason, allowing you to have a nearly identical memorial close to you while the urn is stored in a columbarium or buried in a cemetery.
These small urns are also sometimes known as “sharing keepsakes” because several relatives may wish to each keep a small portion of remains, or because an individual’s remains may be entirely divided up between several loved ones. If dividing the ashes, you’ll probably want to look for an urn that holds between 20 and 50 cubic inches, depending on how many family members are sharing. If you would just like a small portion as a memento, there are many options such as the keepsake urns mentioned below, cremation jewelry, mini scattering tubes and pods, and even custom made jewelry with the remains mixed into the glass beads.

Below is a video demonstration of a small sharing keepsake urn, showing how the keepsake urn is opened and filled. These small sharing keepsake urns hold just 1 cubic inch of remains in the back compartment, and feature gorgeous wood art scenes that match our standard sized line of 3 dimensional wood art urns.

We offer a variety of sharing keepsake urns, and many of our standard sized adult memorials can be made in keepsake size upon request. Here are a few of our favorites:

Small acorn wood urns

Hand turned mini wood acorn urns, which match these gorgeous hand turned urns.

Tealight Brass Cremation Urn in Pearl White

This small brass cremation urn doubles as a tealight, and matches the Pearl Simplicity Brass Cremation Urn.

Bicycle Road Home Wood Cremation Urn

The classic Road Home memorial design now can be made with this Bicycle scene, available in full standard adult and small sharing keepsake urn sizes, available here.

Wood Keepsake Urn with Photo Album

The case for the rosewood photo album is actually a small sharing keepsake urn. This gorgeous wooden memorial will match any of our Piano Wood Finish Cremation Urns from Burlini Studios.

Shop all sharing keepsake urns here.