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Funeral Hacks: Crowdsource Your Memorial Scrapbook

Crowdsource Scrapbook

Funeral hacks include anything that helps make the final arrangements easier or more affordable. We share them with you in hopes that you can benefit by gleaning ideas and inspiration for the funeral or memorial service.

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Memorial Service Ideas for the 13 Most Popular Hobbies

Ideas to help personalized a memorial service

Funerals, memorial services, and/or life celebration events are excellent opportunities to showcase the personal flair of the deceased by incorporating their hobbies, pastimes, and passions.

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Memorial Trees: 15 Varieties

Memorial Trees: 15 Varieties

Memorial trees are beautiful living monuments to the life of a departed loved one. There are many ways you can plant a tree in honor of a loved one. The physicality of digging, planting, watering, and tending a small tree, and watching it grow into full and vibrant life, can be very therapeutic and helpful in the grieving process. You can choose their favorite tree, or a tree that reminds you of them in a special way, and get a seed, seedling, or sapling from your local garden center. If the particular species is unavailable in your area, try Sheffield’s Seed Company or use a search engine.

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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 to Write a Good Sympathy Card

It’s hard to know what to say in a sympathy card to someone who has recently suffered a great loss. Recently we came across this from Paul Tautges’ Counseling One Another blog:

PERMISSION: Give them permission to grieve or be shocked. Use words that communicate freedom to experience and release pain. 

The pain of your loss is greater when your heart has been touched deeply and your life affected more profoundly by the one you have loved.

We are never prepared for the loss of a loved one, but God’s grace and mercy are new every morning. He is faithful in times of grief and He, with His Word and His children, will strengthen you in the days of head.

HONESTY: If you don’t know what to say then admit it. Don’t feel pressured to come up with some profound word that does not represent the real you. Include brief Scripture quotations of comfort. (Remember, the one thing Job’s “comforters” did right is they sat with him for one week w/o saying a word. Your unspoken presence will also mean the world to those who grieve) 

If we knew what to say, we would not know how to say it. We are asking God to give grace running over as you and your family deal with this difficult hour.

EMPATHY: Show them you understand without actually saying, “I understand what you are going through.”

I was deeply saddened to hear of your mother’s death. I lost my own mother in a similarly unexpected way and I well remember the sense of shock. I pray the comfort of the Spirit of Christ will be with you and your family, especially your little ones who will be without their grandmother at Christmas.

ASSISTANCE: Open your ears to listen to them and your heart to serve them.

My deepest sympathy to you in the passing of your mom. Having gone through this just two years ago I understand and share your pain. I always thought  the passing of an elderly parent would not be that hard. But I found out I was wrong; it is. Waves of emotions or memories wash over often when least expected. Trust me. It does get better with time. If you ever need a brother just to listen, feel free to call me any time. I am here for you.

You can read the whole thing here. If you’re looking for ideas for an epitaph or engraved memorial, try here.

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What is a Sharing Keepsake Urn?

Sharing Keepsake Urns

A keepsake urn is a small urn which holds a tiny amount of cremated remains, usually between 1-50 cubic inches depending on the design of the keepsake. This is just a small portion of the cremated remains, as the average amount of ashes from an adult cremation is just under 200 cubic inches.

A small keepsake urn next to a standard adult urn
The larger urn in the back will hold 200 cubic inches of remains, while the “sharing keepsake urn” in the foreground holds just 1 cubic inch of ashes in a tiny hidden compartment.

Sharing keepsake urns are used for a variety of purposes, usually to keep a small portion of remains as a memento when your loved one’s ashes are buried or kept in a funeral niche. Many of our keepsakes are smaller versions of a standard sized urn for this very reason, allowing you to have a nearly identical memorial close to you while the urn is stored in a columbarium or buried in a cemetery.
These small urns are also sometimes known as “sharing keepsakes” because several relatives may wish to each keep a small portion of remains, or because an individual’s remains may be entirely divided up between several loved ones. If dividing the ashes, you’ll probably want to look for an urn that holds between 20 and 50 cubic inches, depending on how many family members are sharing. If you would just like a small portion as a memento, there are many options such as the keepsake urns mentioned below, cremation jewelry, mini scattering tubes and pods, and even custom made jewelry with the remains mixed into the glass beads.

Below is a video demonstration of a small sharing keepsake urn, showing how the keepsake urn is opened and filled. These small sharing keepsake urns hold just 1 cubic inch of remains in the back compartment, and feature gorgeous wood art scenes that match our standard sized line of 3 dimensional wood art urns.

We offer a variety of sharing keepsake urns, and many of our standard sized adult memorials can be made in keepsake size upon request. Here are a few of our favorites:

Small acorn wood urns

Hand turned mini wood acorn urns, which match these gorgeous hand turned urns.

Tealight Brass Cremation Urn in Pearl White

This small brass cremation urn doubles as a tealight, and matches the Pearl Simplicity Brass Cremation Urn.

Bicycle Road Home Wood Cremation Urn

The classic Road Home memorial design now can be made with this Bicycle scene, available in full standard adult and small sharing keepsake urn sizes, available here.

Wood Keepsake Urn with Photo Album

The case for the rosewood photo album is actually a small sharing keepsake urn. This gorgeous wooden memorial will match any of our Piano Wood Finish Cremation Urns from Burlini Studios.

Shop all sharing keepsake urns here.