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“Shell” paper urn for burials at sea

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"Shell" an urn made from pressed paper that dissolves in water over time

I stumbled upon this gorgeous  urn for burial at sea.

It’s made by Lots and Swedish design company. Messages can be written on the urn and there is a small pocket on the top to place sentimental objects.

I don’t know of any companies in the USA that carry the Shell urn, but I’ll look around.  Shell would make a fantastic addition to the Product Gallery’s urn collection.  People shopping for a biodegradable urn will love this elegant design. Again we’re all about presenting people with funeral planning choices.

I like it, but some may feel it looks like something out of a science fiction movie.  – AC

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Butterfly release class for funerals

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The Association for Butterfly Release offers a free class on how to release butterflies at funerals

The Association for Butterflies is offering a free class on how to release butterflies at funerals.   With spring around the corner butterfly release may be a wonderful experience  for people grieving the loss of someone they loved.

Butterflies are symbolic of  regeneration and transformation. Plus, they are amazingly beautiful.

We have a category for Butterfly Release in the Product Gallery and are seeing that after urns and caskets, butterfly release generates a lot of interest from people doing funeral planning. Lots of clicks out to vendors butterfly websites each month.  – AC

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Handcarved Headstones and Memorial Stones from England


Handcarved Headstone from Stone Letters

Take a look at these beautiful one-of-a kind headstones.

Stone Letters is a UK company looking at growing its market into the USA.  We hope to add their products to the Product Gallery’s  Monument Category.

The Product Gallery is the best place to find a wide variety of funeral products and services.  For people doing funeral planning it’s  a great place to explore ideas and connect with businesses.  – AC

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Let’s transform the funeral industry

Funeral Product Gallery's new Product Gallery will help transform the funeral industry

That’s what I’m up to here at, transforming the funeral industry.

We want to see the industry open up so that people have more information and choice when it comes to funeral planning. has the best objective funeral planning information on the web and is now building the Product Gallery to provide more information and to help other funeral businesses grow.

In the three years that I’ve been working in the funeral industry I’ve seen many small funeral businesses fold. They typically are a mom and pop working from home, making urns or caskets to sell to the funeral homes or to the public.  Unless they find a a couple of funeral homes willing to sell their product these small businesses fail within a year.

We want to help these small independent businesses survive against the truly monolithic funeral industry.  And are doing so with a new feature on called the Product Gallery. We will pack the Product Gallery with as many funeral related businesses as possible. The obvious companies like casket and urn companies, but also service companies like ash scattering airplane pilots, butterfly release companies, DNA storage companies…..

Why? Because having as many businesses as possible in the Product Gallery moves us closer to our goal of transforming the funeral industry.

The more beautiful and diverse products we have in the Product Gallery, the more traffic we get, and therefore, the more leads we send to vendors in the Product Gallery. The more successful these businesses are in connecting with customers, the more the funeral industry will have to open up to businesses not necessarily partnered with funeral homes and, as a result, people will have more information and choice when funeral planning. Easy peezy!

I care. I want people to love the Product Gallery.  This model is a win – win for everyone.

Together we can transform the funeral industry.  – AC

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The power of bagpipes and Amazing Grace

Bagpipes at Funerals are packed with emotion

A couple of days ago, my sister attended the funeral of her best friend’s brother. The most moving moment was when a single bagpiper began Amazing Grace from the back of the church, walked up the aisle and escourted the family from the church still playing Amazing Grace.

Probably it’s more than just the bagpipes; it’s also the song— Amazing Grace. We all know it and can hang onto those words with all our might during  desperate times. It’s melody rocks us like a baby being held by something big and strong. The song tells us it’s going to OK. In ‘s new product gallery we’ve just added a category devoted to funeral music with a number of tunes performed on bagpipes.

No matter how unrealistic it may be,  it feels comforting to hear and momentarily believe that, “everything’s going to be alright”.

– AC

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Popular Funeral Songs




Soon the Product Gallery will contain the internet's largest collection of funeral songs



I’ve begun work on a new Music category for the Product Gallery. It is fantastic!  We’ve had special programming done to make it easy to add individual songs that link directly to Amazon.  Visitors to the Product Gallery’s Music category can click on any song and hear an introductory sample from the song. It’s so cool. It’s so easy to add songs! And most importantly,I believe that it will be a big  help to people researching the right song for the funeral, celebration of life, memorial ….whatever.

This Music category is sooo important. Art carries our hearts. The perfect poem, music or visual art is a big deal for these extraordinary events.  It feels fantastic to be able to put something together that we believe will really make a difference to people.

Yesterday I was researching Popular Funeral Songs and I spent hours listening to snipits from songs to refresh my memory of how each song goes. I imagined the pressure of having to plan a funeral in a short time and spending hours researching for music for the event. It would be exhausting and stressful. Hopefully, our new Music category will help people short-cut their research and easily consider a limited number of tunes.

What would really be wonderful is if this category could become  interactive, with people making suggestions on songs they used for memorial gathering.

We will make the Music category deep with many subcategories so people can search for songs about just about every conceivable relationship, songs from different cultures, of course different styles of music, instrumentals featuring specific instruments (just bagpipe songs, just flute songs, just piano, just harp…), patriotic songs, songs for pet loss….

Watch over the next weeks as the Music category grows!

The concern, as is our concern with the article library, is overwhelming people. We go back and forth about this a lot and always arrive at the same conclusion… more information is better than us screening just what we think is important or just what we like. The Music category will be huge.

So here it comes, the internet’s largest collection of music for funerals — the Product Gallery’s Music category!  – AC

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Casket conversion kits to honor Veterans


The Jonathan Field Collections Marine Corp Casket Conversion Kit

A new vendor in the Product Gallery has come up with a smart way to convert any casket into a military casket. The Jonathan Field collection makes a high quality military accessories that could adorn any type of casket. Each kit contains the emblems of a specific branch of the military. They also make kits for Police and Firefighters.

Funeral planning for a veteran almost always includes some recognition of the years they served in the military. Jonathan Field’s casket conversion kits are a very classy way to acknowledge military service. – AC

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