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10 Interesting Funeral Infographics

Infographics for Funerals, Death, and Cremation

In a visual world, a unique illustrated display of facts and figures can go a long way towards explaining a difficult or in-depth topic. Here are ten interesting funeral infographics that we have found to be helpful. Below you’ll find many new fascinating facts, tips, and stats relating to topics such as how to plan a funeral, cremation trends, famous funerals, handy life insurance information, and the rising costs of dying. Continue reading 10 Interesting Funeral Infographics

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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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How Does a Funeral Proceed When a Pope Died?

A Pope's Funeral

John Paul II, a Holy Father in the Catholic Church and the Bishop of Rome, commonly known as The Pope, died in 2005.

Funerals are such an interesting process, they help us to deal with grief and move forward after the loss of a loved one. When a significat religious figure Continue reading How Does a Funeral Proceed When a Pope Died?

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27 Things to Do With Cremated Remains

Unique and Interesting Ways to Store or Disperse Cremated Remains

Over the years we’ve come across a number of these lists on the web. Unique and interesting ways to store or disperse cremated remains. How one person decides to have their remains handled may seem strange to another, but in the end, it is a personal thing. Here is a list of some of our favorite things to do with cremated remains. Continue reading 27 Things to Do With Cremated Remains

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5 Famous Epitaphs

Epitaph ideas from famous epitaphs

People always wonder what is “standard” or commonly written by others on urn inscriptions and funeral stone engravings. But what are some unique inscriptions or epitaphs? And what can we learn from the famous epitaphs of well-known individuals – how their unique lives were expressed in a final, lasting quote, saying, or sentence? Continue reading 5 Famous Epitaphs

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Funeral Director Gift | Gift for Undertaker

Here’s a gift that is perfect for the funeral director or undertaker:

Undertaker Gift Sign

This old-fashioned hanging wall wood plaque includes a customized nameboard and a 3-dimensional hand cast and hand painted relief of an antique hearse. Gorgeous custom office or home wall decor for a personalized gift.

Sign reads:

FUNERAL DIRECTOR
Offering understanding and integrity
Pre-arrangement services available
Professional guidance through difficult times.

Available here from Northwest Gifts.

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Cremation Urns – How I Got Involved

Maple Wood Cross Urn

In coversations about life and work or when getting to know people, the question I seem to get asked a lot is – Why cremation urns?

When I am asked what I do for a living and I mention that I sell cremation urns, people seem to react with a somber, “Why?” Well, it wasn’t because my family ran or owned a funeral home, which seems to be more of a common answer among funeral professionals. For me it was because of my dad’s old golf ball display company.

Wooden Cremation Urns

You see, I worked for my dad’s company Golf Treasures for a few years and back in 1998 before I worked for them we had started a business called Northwest Gifts (which is still going strong).  That company started by selling locally manufactured golf gifts, such as hole in one award trophies, collectible golf ball cases, and other sports-related display cabinets.  Many of the golf items we sold were made by Golf Treasures, so when Golf Treasures started manufacturing a small line of 5 different hardwood urns, I figured we could create a website to sell those urns as well.

Memorial Urns

For a couple of years we would only sell a couple of urns a month. But as time went by things started to grow, of course, and each year we would add several new urn designs along with other premier manufacturer’s collections of cremation urns. Over time, our selection has grown to include handcrafted ceramic urns, pet memorials, hundreds more wooden urns, and unique products like memorial tree urns“In Loving Memory” bird feeder gifts, plantable bookmarks, and more.

Cedar Urn

So, the history of my involvment in selling urns isn’t glamorous or very interesting, but now it has become part of my daily life. I speak to many of our customers and feel their pain as they’re dealing with heartache, memorial arrangements, and costly funeral expenses. The loss of a young child is always the hardest to hear, I can’t imagine the pain of those who have lost a child, but that is for another post.

Now you know the unglamorous history, the present and the future of Urns Northwest is still to serve at a time of great loss. It is always appreciated, yet humbling, to receive the many “thank you’s” from our customers. We will continue to do our best to provide premium, personal customer service to help you get the right memorial, beautifully made, delivered at the right time.

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