Metal urns are designed to be among the sturdiest of all urns, and as, such, bring to mind the following poem, entitled “The World" by the legendary English poet Henry Vaughan:
I saw Eternity the other night Like a great ring of pure and endless light, All calm, as it was bright; And round beneath it, Time in hours, days, years, Driven by the spheres, Like a vast shadow moved: in which the world And all her train were hurl’d.
When families who have lost a loved one place their beloved’s ashes in classically designed metal urns, they are invoking all of the beautiful images of eternity that Vaughan brings forth in his poem.
Metal urns are typically designed according to the traditional styles of ancient cultures, and it’s these timeless styles – along with the long-lasting sturdiness – that give metal urns a unique connection with eternity. Perhaps more than any other style of urn, metal urns can be confidently expected to remain intact for centuries – maybe even for millennia – and that assures that metal urns can be a secure vehicle for any loved-one’s passage into eternity.
Metal urns will undoubtedly last for the ages, and the very metals that comprise metal urns are reminiscent of the shiny, bright, everlasting metallic look of most large objects in the universe. And the smooth surface of most metal urns makes them, in deed, as Vaughn says, -- calm, as at they are bright.
It is interesting to note that, while urns have been in use since, almost the beginning of mankind’s time on Earth, metal urns have only come about relatively recently. It has only been in the last 400 years or so that metal urns have come into popular use, and, while 400 years may seem like an exceedingly long time – in terms of eternity -- it’s akin to a fraction of a second. So, relatively speaking, it’s only recently that metal urns have given mankind such a secure, perfectly beautiful passageway into eternity.
Metal urns come in a wide variety of styles and designs, but they all maintain the traditional, classic look that has made urns, in general, a human tradition forever. So, in many ways, metal urns – besides being a passageway into eternity – are also a connection with all that has passed before. (When Vaughan says, after all, “I saw Eternity the other night,” he is not simply talking about the future. He is talking about all of time – past, present and future combined.) In fact, scientists say that, long before mankind walked earth – and long after, too – metal elements such as iron, steel, and even copper and gold will be, and have been some of the most common materials in the universe. That means metal urns have, yet another, connection to eternity.
Metal urns may look simple – with the sleek, classic designs (which can be modified, by the way, to take on more modern styles while maintaining the overall connection to classic style) they help prove, as many philosophers have hinted over the years, that eternity is not as complex as it may seem at first glance.
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