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Mailbag: How long after death can ashes be used to grow a tree?

Do cremated ashes expire for planting as a tree?

From our Reader Mailbag, a question about our Memorial Tree Urns. These are cremation urns that hold a small amount of cremated remains (a.k.a. “ashes). The urn is then “planted” in the ground, and a tree grows from the included seeds, incorporating the remains into the tree.

The proprietary composition of the urn helps the ashes actually aid in the growth of the tree. This keen reader had a question about the use of the cremated remains themselves, and whether or not they expire. Continue reading Mailbag: How long after death can ashes be used to grow a tree?

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What do I need to buy from the funeral home?

What do I need to purchase from the funeral home?

Most people do not realize that you can shop around for just about every product and service related to a funeral. Even after you decide on a funeral home, you do not have to purchase every product or service through them. When you know your rights and options, you can save quite a bit on expenses and also better tailor the funeral to your family’s preferences and situation. Continue reading What do I need to buy from the funeral home?

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Funeral Planning Guide: How To Plan A Funeral

Funeral Planning 101 - Holw to plan a funeral, memorial service, burial, and cremation

Funeral planning is a smart idea. Often, people are completely overwhelmed when faced with the death of a loved one. What ends up happening is that they simply take the advice of the funeral home. Sometimes, that works perfectly fine for everyone.

But what if there were ways to make the service more meaningful and personal? What if there were options that could save the estate thousands of dollars? It pays – both financially and emotionally – to educate yourself and to come prepared.

Continue reading Funeral Planning Guide: How To Plan A Funeral

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What Happens to Your Passwords When You Die?

Emergency access to your online accounts using a password manager

If you’re anything like me and most other humanoids living in this digital age, you probably have just under a billion website login username and password combinations. Somehow you keep it all together (thank the Lord for password recovery emails). But what happens to all those passwords when you die? Continue reading What Happens to Your Passwords When You Die?

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What papers do you need when someone dies?

Documents to gather when someone you love has died

If you are the spouse or executor of the estate of a person who has passed away, there are many documents you will need to work through. What papers do you actually need?

Most will be financial statements, insurance and membership papers, and legal papers that already exist. These ones you will need to find. Others you will need to create.

Note that in the digital age, some of these affairs can be arranged completely online using digital documents and accounts. Even so, there will still be many copies and forms you will physically need to handle. Here is the list of papers you need when someone dies. Continue reading What papers do you need when someone dies?

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These Hand Blown Glass Art Cremation Urns Will *Blow* Your Mind

See what we did there? Hand blown glass art cremation urns that will blow your mind… right?! Right?!

OK, bad jokes aside, these glass cremation urns really are truly exceptional. Each piece is crafted individually by hand from start to finish in Oregon. With these cremation urns, the tradition of artistic glass blowing is brought to bear on funerals and memorials in a very special way.

The combination of human hands, human breath, and molten glass together with the skill of a glassblowing master results in the finest hand blown glass art cremation urns on the market today. Continue reading These Hand Blown Glass Art Cremation Urns Will *Blow* Your Mind

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The 11 Types of Companion Cremation Urns You Need to Know About

Different Types of Companion Cremation Urns

To make the most informed decision about companion cremation urns, you need to know what options are available to you. Make sure that you read our Complete Guide to Companion Urns, which provides everything you need to know about the function and use of companion urns.

Once you have an understanding of what a companion urn is – a.k.a. double urn, urn for two people, couple’s urn, etc. – you will want to choose the type of companion urn that you find the most beautiful and suitable. Continue reading The 11 Types of Companion Cremation Urns You Need to Know About

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Ways to Create a Memorial Away from the Cemetery

The cemetery isn’t the only place you can create a memorial for your loved one. Sure, a headstone is the classic memorial: weighty, substantial, carved with their name and dates.

But what if you want something more than that? Something different, something creative, something that people can see without having to visit a cemetery? Continue reading Ways to Create a Memorial Away from the Cemetery