More Cremations Mean More Personalized Items for Families
Death is expensive no matter how you look at it. Because many people have chosen to go the route of cremation—a 7% increase in the United States over the last five years, more options are beginning to present themselves that weren’t available in years past. No longer is a simple urn enough when there are companies that will fill bullets with cremated ashes, or turn cremated ashes into diamonds or mix ashes with cement for garden statues. Another company makes wind chime urns in both alto and soprano tones for those that love the tinkling sound.
Because of tighter economic times, many people have chosen cremation over a traditional burial because it is much more cost effective, and truth be told, America is simply running out of room to house the dead underground. People want more creative funeral options to memorialize their loved ones, and many artists and entrepreneurs are stepping up to the plate to deliver just that. One funerary artist likened death to going to the store and purchasing a suit, he claims that like a suit death is no longer a one size fits all option. This is quite true as many people have several ways they want to memorialize their loved ones, whether in a fancy urn, cremation jewelry, a garden statue, a painting made of ashes, or having their loved one’s ashes compressed into diamonds. Many people want a personalized option that holds value to them and reminds them of their loved one instead of a cold stone on the ground or a vase that simply sits on a mantel and potentially gets forgotten about.
With so many funerary options available now, many people are even commissioning artists to work on their masterpieces before they pass on so that they know they will get exactly what they want. It is not uncommon any longer to have a customer come into a funeral home to pick out their own urns, cremation jewelry, or other funeral art for themselves.