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There is an old folklore saying that, “When a cardinal appears in your yard, it’s a visitor from heaven.” Let’s take a look at the legacy of this quote and the memorial tributes it has inspired.
When a Cardinal Appears Quotes
Cardinals have long been symbolic of beauty in the midst of darkness, hope in the midst of sorrow, and renewal in the midst of winter. Whether these symbolic meanings came from the folk proverb, or the proverb came from the traditional symbolism, in any case many people are reminded of the presence of a departed loved one when seeing a cardinal bird land nearby. It’s also probably a reason why our lovely Cardinal Cremation Urn with Wood Inlay Art has been one of our most popular memorial urns over the past few years.
Here’s a pithy, poetic version of this traditional quote:
“Cardinals appear when angels are near.”
This latter quote appears to have come from a poem and blog post by Victoria McGovern of Our Wander Life. Here’s the context of the fuller version:
May you come to find comfort in and remember:
Cardinals appear when angels are near.
So go now, sit outside and drink your tea.
Keep a look out for the little red bird —
It is there, your loved one will be.
When a Cardinal Appears Memorial Art
Let’s take a look at some of the ways this lovely memorial quote has been presented. Here are six of the most beautiful cardinal quote memorial plaques and art pieces we’ve found.
You can also get this quote engraved onto other products, such as a wooden plaque or a cedar wood bird feeder. Either of the two items below are 100% customizable at no additional charge.
Browse custom engraved plaques here.
Personalize yours here.
When a Cardinal Appears Memorial Urns
As mentioned above, the Cardinal Cremation Urn with 3-Dimensional Inlay Art has proven to be a very popular design for families shopping for a cremation urn for their loved ones. Here are our two inlay wood art cremation urns that feature a cardinal. Either design can be engraved with name and dates, and you’ll also have room for a brief quote such as, “When a cardinal appears in your yard, it’s a visitor from heaven,” or “Cardinals appear when angels are near.”
Cardinal Cremation Urn with 3-Dimensional Inlay Art
This urn is shown here with the outer box in Walnut and Oak wood, and can also be made in Maple or Mahogany woods. The inlay of the bird in on an inset panel layered with the bird so that it appears in 3 dimensions. Beautifully crafted in the USA, and available here.
Cardinal Wood Urn with Inlay Art
The simple maple wood urn features a flat inlay (as opposed to the “3D” design, above) of a cardinal. Made in the USA from premium solid wood, a beautiful memorial tribute to your loved one. Available here.
Each of these two wood cremation urns holds a standard 200 cubic inches of cremated remains. Brought to you by Urns Northwest.