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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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Is there a regulation as to how large or small a urn can be?

Requirements and Regulations for Urn Sizes

An email came in with this question about cremation urns: “Is there a regulation as to how large or small a urn can be?” from inquiring reader Michael K. Here’s our answer. Continue reading Is there a regulation as to how large or small a urn can be?

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Mailbag: Purchasing More Than One Urn

Purchasing Cremation Urns

From the reader mailbag, a question covering a variety of topics, including:

  1. Purchasing more than one urn (for each child in the family)
  2. Shipping memorial trees to Canada
  3. Planning ahead

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Mailbag: Is this the right cremation urn for my parents?

Which urn to choose for my parents?

We received this message from someone browsing our collection of companion urns for their parents. They narrowed down their search to the Dark Elegance Hand Turned Companion Urn, and had some final questions before ordering. Continue reading Mailbag: Is this the right cremation urn for my parents?

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Mailbag: What type of urn to use, and do we keep or bury it?

Burial of cremation urn

My mother’s ashes are being buried in a cemetery plot in Michigan. The ashes are now in a temporary cardboard box. What type of urn would we use and do we keep it or bury it? (The grave will be opened with a 2 foot deep hole.) Thanks!

 

– Question via email

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