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Famous Celebrities Who Chose Cremation

“More than a hygienic method of disposing of the dead, cremation enabled lovers and comrades to be mingled together for eternity”
~ Catharine Arnold

Though considered controversial still, the society has started accepting cremation as a simple, clean, and dignified way of disposing of the dead. It is no longer taken to be impersonal and disrespectful.

In fact, after cremation, a deceased loved one can still be remembered in a meaningful way as there are several options for storing or scattering the ashes.

Furthermore, in ancient times, cremation was practiced in the East as well as West for practical and spiritual reasons.

Dark amber cremation urn
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Know How to Customize a Headstone

Losing someone whom you truly love is a sad and traumatic experience that cannot be described in few words. Death is the ultimate reality of this world and nothing can be done to make a dead person stay with us. It is simply their memories that are left behind and so it is essential to preserve those precious memories in order to feel their presence for years to come. One of the best ways to preserve the memories of a dear departed soul is by marking the final resting place of the deceased with a beautiful headstone or grave marker. 

Arch of Angels

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Getting a Pet Casket for a Fitting Farewell

Burying your beloved furry companion in a pet casket can be a great way to honor your pal, whether it is in a pet cemetery, your own backyard, or some other meaningful location. Choosing an appropriate coffin or casket for your pet, however, is definitely not a pleasant task.

Nevertheless, while purchasing a pet casket, you need to consider certain factors like the type of casket you want, its dimensions, etc. For instance, pet caskets are available in a variety of materials such as metal, wood, plastic, and so on.

Biodegradable pet caskets

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Now Honor Military Veterans with Flag Cases

Flag cases also known as medallion display cases, medal cases, military flag cases, flag displays and shadowboxes are the perfect memorial to honor the life of a military veteran soul who has served the nation wholeheartedly. It can also be used to pay tribute to other uniformed service people such as firefighters or police.

Flag case

A flag case is basically used to display the flag that each United States military veteran receives upon his or her death. In fact, the United States is the only country in the world to practice this kind of tradition. The US Government gives about 600,000 flags annually to the family members of a military veteran upon his or her death. To preserve and display the American flag issued by the government family members of the deceased military veteran often buy a flag case. Continue reading Now Honor Military Veterans with Flag Cases

6 Ideas for Personalizing a Pet Memorial

The most common yet effective way to memorialize is to get a pet memorial stone. However, you can also opt for various other pet memorials such as a photo plaque, keepsake box, photo canvas art, pet memorial stake, memorial ornament, and so on.

Besides, you can opt for a plaque or headstone, too. In case your pet has been cremated, you may want to but a pet urn that reflects your beloved companion’s personality.

To make your pet tribute more special and meaningful though, you can think of creative ideas to personalize it. Here are a few ideas for you to consider.

Cat urn

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Top Factors To Consider When Buying A Headstone

Headstone, also referred to as tombstone, gravestone or grave markers is a kind of permanent marker used to commemorate the life of a deceased person. As it marks the grave of a departed soul, people often take time to select and buy a headstone. A deceased will never return back to our life but by visiting his or her grave we can always feel the presence. This is why you need to choose something that will truly honor the life of the deceased and at the same time it will give you satisfaction from within.


Before you start looking for a headstone in the market for your loved one you need to consider several factors. A headstone will mark the grave of the deceased and allow the survivors to know who was buried on that spot for years to come. Continue reading Top Factors To Consider When Buying A Headstone

Saving Money on Funerals

While a death in the family is a tragic time, it is also a chance to say good-bye to a loved one in a meaningful way. Unfortunately, many people consider spending a lot of money to be the only meaningful way of bidding someone farewell. In this rough economy, it is no wonder that some people are looking for savings in any place that they can find them.

We have provided a few tips and tricks for you to save money on your relative’s funeral. Even though it is an important time to grieve and pay homage to their life, it does not have to be an incredibly expensive routine. Continue reading Saving Money on Funerals

Why Do Cemeteries Insist On Burial Vaults?

Though most cemetery rules and regulations require outer burial vaults for caskets, opting for these containers and vaults is not necessary as per the federal law.

A burial vault is used to line the grave before placing the casket or coffin in it, so as to prevent the ground above the casket from sinking in.

Cemeteries usually lay emphasis on the vaults and grave liners to reduce their burden of maintenance required to keep the ground on level.

Casket vault combo

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Now Buy Beautiful Paintings Made of Ashes

A brand new memorial concept that is gaining immense popularity in the memorial industry is paintings made of cremation ashes. This kind of painting will offer a lasting celebration of memories belonging to a departed soul. To make such a unique kind of memorial, highly experienced and qualified artists mix a small portion of the ashes belonging to the deceased into the colors and then do the painting.

As just a small portion of cremation ashes is generally required to create such a painting, the remaining ashes can be scattered, held in a beautiful cremation urn, buried, or used to make other kind of memorials.

Art in ashes

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Things You Need To Consider Before Purchasing A Casket

A casket or a coffin is a container used to bury the deceased. More often than not, both the terms are used interchangeably but, there is a difference between the two.

Typically, a coffin is a burial container with six or eight sides. It is anthropoid in shape. In other words, its shape is similar to that of a human body, wide at the top, tapered at the shoulders, and narrow towards the feet.

A casket, on the other hand, is completely rectangular. Generally, caskets have a partition on the lid for the purpose of viewing.

Rose Flower Casket

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