Tips on the lost art of how to write a condolence letter, from Leonard M. Zunin and Hilary Stanton Zunin: Continue reading How to Write a Condolence Letter
This Companion Photo Urn is a beautiful way to keep your loved ones picture for a memorial at home or in a niche. The 7″ x 5″ photo frame holds a favorite photograph, and can be used with a horizontal photo (shown) or a vertical photo. Companion urns are also known as a “double urn” or “urn for two”. Available in solid Walnut or solid Oak.
Finely constructed using only the finest materials, the Photo Companion Urn.
Shipped out within 3 business days. Overnight or 2-day service also available, call to make arrangements and ensure delivery.
The Covered Bridge Laser Engraved Cremation Urn features a beautiful pathway and a timeless covered bridge. Available in solid oak, walnut (as shown), or maple. These cremation urns are made from quality hardwoods and laser engraved with the finest detail, revealing true Northwest ingenuity and craftmanship. An ideal and affordable funeral urn for the hiker or outdoor lover. Many other designs available in this gorgeous series.
Affordably priced at $289.00
When you’ve shared so much of your life and love with someone, it’s neither easy or necessary to let all the memories go once they have passed on. And when your beloved was a poet, a dreamer, an artist, a sculptor, a romantic, a sentamentalist, and a memory keeper, those memories and keepsakes become symbolic not only of your beloved, but of the relationship you shared as well.
When it comes time to choose a cremation urn for your beloved romantic, here are three routes to pursue in your search for the perfect funeral urn: beauty in artistry, beauty in likeness, and beauty in function.
Beauty in Artistry
Sometimes the best way to celebrate and remember your beloved is through the beauty of finely crafted art that reflects your loved one’s interests or personality. Here is our series of dimensional artwork cremation urns, available in many gorgeous scenes.
Beauty in Likeness
The Romantic usually tends to have a fondness for photographs. A unique and enchanting way to honor your poet-dreamer is to find a favorite photograph and have it laser-engraved with stunning definition and vibrancy on a gorgeous hardwood cremation urn:
Vision Engraved Photo Cremation Urn – $369.00
Beauty in Function
If your wife, husband, son, daughter, or loved one was a Romantic, they will often have drawers and baskets and chests and secret spots overflowing with keepsakes – letters and love notes, special jewelry or sentimental toys and knicknacks, and old cassette tape of them singing a favorite tune. Keep these memories near with a memory chest cremation urn such as this one:
And as a bonus for our blog readers, take 7% off any of the wood cremation urns mentioned in this post using the following urn coupon code:
Coupon code valid until 11/1/10. Free ground shipping on items over $130.00. This urn coupon code is valid on the following urns:
Hummingbird Cremation Urn
Soft Breezes Cremation Urn
Vision Engraved Photo Cremation Urn
Memory Chest & Urn Combo
Designer Cherry Urn
Inexpensive cremation urns can be found on every cremation urn website, at Costco and Wal-Mart, Amazon and Ebay. The key to finding an affordable urn is knowing exactly what you are getting for your money. When looking for an urn below the $150.00 range, understand that most are mass-produced and generally imported. These cheap funeral urns will suffice and will usually look nice enough to rest on a mantle or shelf, but cannot boast the genuinely artistic look and the superb quality of construction as do more expensive cremation urns.
Yet if budget constraints exist and you would like to purchase a well-made yet affordable funeral urn for your loved one, we at UrnsNW.com carry a very nice selection of quality budget cremation urns. All of these urns are finely made with the highest craftmanship. The following cremation urns are made from MDF to keep them in a set price range.
The Bookshelf Budget Urn – $89.00
The Madison Budget Urn – $109.00
The Aspen Budget Urn – $115.00
Here’s a quick insider look at our Simplicity Budget Urn, made from high-grade MDF and available in Oak, Cherry, Walnut, or Rosewood finishes for $109.00:
Also made in a Vertical edition for the same low price.
Here is a sampling of our beautiful and affordable genuine hardwood cremation urn selection:
The Marquis Cremation Urn – $139.00
A gorgeous maple with the top in mahagony.
The Cedar Budget Urn – $135.00
Beautiful woodgrains highlighted in Eastern Aromatic Cedar.
Renaissance Cremation Urn – $189.00
Available in your choice of Walnut or Cherry.
These and many more in our Budget Cremation Urns category. Also see some of our very affordable Eco-Friendly Urns, starting at $69.00. And if you have any questions about our budget funeral urns, please call anytime!
Maybe your husband always came home with a handful of 6 inchers and a tall tale about *almost* catching a four-foot pike… with his bare hands. Or maybe both of you just loved setting out your poles and and your camping chairs and while holding hands and reading some good books and generally enjoying the feeling of being outdoors. Or maybe your dad was simply the best fisherman around, and when you think of him a flood of memories rushes upon you – long drives to remote locations, fishing jokes, romping around the river, and the family freezer always brimming with trout and salmon.
And now it’s time to choose a cremation urn. What better way to memorialize your dad or husband or best friend than with a gorgeous inlay and engraved Boat Fishing Urn in Oak:
This fisherman urn boasts a gorgeous bass fishing scene, and is available in two shapes, both of which are made in your choice of oak or walnut:
Or see our stream fishing cremation urns, which feature a river fisherman catching a salmon:
And lastly, the affordable yet still beautiful Laser Engraved Fishing Cremation Urn:
Here’s a few more options in bronze from around the web:
If one of the five fisherman cremation urns listed above is the perfect urn for your loved one, use this coupon code for 7% off your purchase at UrnsNW.com:
(Coupon valid only on these five urns, between 9/22/2010 – 11/22/2010. Enter coupon code at checkout.)
Just a quick plug for our other website, NorthwestGifts.com:
We just began carrying a line of certified organic, Oregon-made-and-grown floral wreaths. These gorgeous fresh and dried wreaths can be a timely and touching gift for the bereaved, especially when you can’t make the service because of travel issues. Click here for more info and a coupon code for 8% off our beautiful wreaths.
If you’re looking into sending funeral flowers, here’s some helpful info on the etiquette of sending sympathy flowers, along with Monica’s selection of Funeral Flower Baskets; and here is the FTD’s Sympathy & Funeral Flowers page.
How to find the perfect cremation urn for your beloved.
An urn is meant to function in several capacities.
First, and most practically, it is meant to hold the cremains of an individual. So watch out for some of the cheaper foreign-made copys; most of these are not made with the quality of an urn meant to last for years or generations to come. Choose something well-crafted from quality materials.
Second, the design, theme, or style should reflect the departed one’s character in some way that celebrates their life and memory. So consider the wood type, the construction style, and the design depicted on the urn with regards to what the cremation urn says about your loved one.
Third, a cremation urn is a means by which you not only remember, but enjoy remembering your loved one. So follow the advice in point number two above, but be sure to pick out an urn that you like, and that celebrates aspects of your beloved that put a warm smile on your lips.
With these points in mind, we’re launching this series of blog posts to highlight quality urns in order to help you decide which unique cremation urn is the perfect fit for your loved one’s unique personality. In doing so, we’ll advertise our own unique cremation urns at UrnsNW, of course (and throw in some coupon codes to boot); but we’ll also do our best to give you ideas and links to help you make a choice you’ll be satisfied with as time goes by.
When someone you love dies, it is hard to know what to do. Chances are, you’ve happened upon this blog because you’re searching for a cremation urn or beginning to research what to for a spouse or relative who has died or is nearing the end. And as you know, it is a difficult time.
But you have the opportunity of sparing those who love you some of these difficulties by talking about what you want when your time comes. Here is a good checklist of ten things to think about before you die from the Funeral Consumers Alliance, adapted from Harold Schechter’s Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End:
- Do you want your organs donated? Which ones? Should they go to any particular medical school?
- Do you want to be buried? Where?
- What kind of coffin do you prefer? A cheap pine box? The best casket money can buy?
- Do you want to be embalmed? Do you want an open-casket viewing of your body?
- What sort of funeral do you want? Who should officiate? Is there a specific funeral home you wish to handle the arrangements?
- Do you want a memorial service? Where and what kind – in church, at home, graveside? Are there specific instructions – favorite poems to be read, special music to be played, etc?
- What sort of grave marker do you want, if any? What should the inscription say?
- Would you prefer cremation? What about your ashes – do you want them preserved? Or should they be scattered? Where?
- Who should be notified of your death? Who should be invited to the funeral/memorial service?
- What information should be included in your obituary?
“Given how discomforting it is to contemplate our own deaths, it’s no surprise that when it comes to funeral preplanning, most of us are prone to the Scarlett O’Hara syndrome: “I’ll think about it tomorrow.” But it’s important to keep in mind that making these decisions – and communicating them to your family – is good for everyone concerned. It will give you the grown-up satisfaction of taking charge of your own destiny. And it will relieve your loved ones of a terrible burden at a time when they’re least capable of coping with it.”
– The Whole Death Catalog, p. 47
For a one-of-a-kind cremation urn, take advantage of the superior quality of handmade cremation urns
Urns Northwest has recently partnered with a one-of-a-kind urn artist who specializes in hand-spinning the highest quality hardwoods into cremation urns that highlight the unique textures latent in every piece of wood. We are proud to offer this line of hand-turned cremation urns to you, that you may memorialize your loved one with an urn unlike any other in the world.
For an example of the variety and craftmanship we bring to you, see the unique characteristics of these three hant-turned urns, all made from black walnut hardwood:
The craftmanship involved in these unique cremation urns is readily evident. Moreover, these urns are eco-friendly because they are made without screws or nails or metal of any kind, and thus these one-of-a-kind urns can be a part of an earth-conscious green burial.
Generally, a small variety of these specialty cremation urns are kept in stock; wood varieties include the popular Black Walnut and Ambrosia Maple (which are always in stock and ready to ship), as well as American Elm, Magnolia, Tulip Poplar, White Poplar, Cherry, Sweet Gum, Locust, and more, depending on local availability. Each one-of-a-kind urn is specialy crafted to highlight the distinct woodgrain qualities in latent in every tree. No two of these urns are exactly alike, and thus serve as a unique memorial to your loved one.
Don’t settle for cheap urn imitations, pieced together in a foreign factory. Celebrate the beautiful life of your loved one with a gorgeous and unique hand-turned cremation urn from UrnsNW.com.
Feel free to contact us to discuss options regarding our line of hand-spun cremation urns.