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New mini ocean reef urns

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Genesis Biopod - mini ocean reef urn

I stumbled across a mention of a new urn called Genesis Biopod.  This urn is meant to be filled with ashes and lowered to the ocean floor. The ashes dissolve leaving the urn to form  “a mini marine habitat for ocean critters” as they say on their website. The urn can be shipped anywhere and individuals can fill the urn, take it out on a boat and lower it themselves. The urn only weighs 10 pounds and is 22 inches wide and was inspired by the shape of a tortoise shell.

This the latest in the ocean reef burial idea.  I first heard of cement artificial ocean reefs created on land with pockets for ashes. Some companies mixed the ashes into the wet cement.    The structures weighed hundreds of pounds and required a crane to get them into the ocean waters.  These large artificial reef structures were deposited in close proximity to each other creating an underwater burial site. Florida companies like Eternal Reef and Great Burial Reef were the first to build and these reefs.  Other groups like My Living Reef, began offering artificial reef urns off the California coast.

The Neptune Society’s memorial reef took the artificial reef urn idea and added statutes of lions and staircases going nowhere to suggest a lost underwater city, Atlantis or something.

Great Burial Reef now offers a individual ocean reef urn that is much more attractive than their earlier cement block version.

Great Burial Reef's new Living Urn

Probably it’s better for the ocean to have the big concrete monolith artificial reefs, but these stylish urns are warm, personal and beautiful. Visit the Product Gallery’s Ocean Reef Memorials page to view various types of ocean reef memorials. – AC

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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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Urns from Salvaged Wood

We just added a new company into the Product Gallery Portland Natural Caskets. They sell wood caskets and urns made by hand. Portland Natural Caskets only delivers caskets to Washington and Oregon states, so their caskets are not in the Product Gallery, but their urns are. They have a listing for their caskets in their local funeral guide, www.portlandfuneralguide.com.

I was talking with Scott, the owner of Portland Natural Caskets, and he told me the artist who makes some of their urns stores logs he’s salvaged in his pond. The water prevents the logs from deteriorating.  When the artist is ready to begin a new urn project he literally jumps into the pond to pull up a log for the project. The urn are beautiful as you can see in the picture below. Each is made from a  single piece of wood.  David told me that it’s common to salvage wood from rivers and lakes near old lumber camps and mills. People can find excellent rare wood pieces of wood in perfect condition under the water.

Urn made from salvaged wood stored in a pond

Urn made from salvaged wood stored in a pond

We now have nearly 3,000 funeral related products and services in the Product Gallery.

I’m can’t wait until the Product Gallery is completely  filled out with every conceivable product and service available. I’m imagining around 40 major categories with hundreds of subcategories.

The Product Gallery will be the easiest way   to consider all options  and will be a great help to people trying to figure out what to do when funeral planning.  – Anna

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Beautiful Too Tall’s Ceramic Urns in Product Gallery

We  just added around 40 handmade gorgeous ceramic urns by Too Tall’s Pottery to thefuneralsite.com’s new Product Gallery. They are all hand made by Matthew Kennedy. Here’s a quote from Matt’s website www.tootallspottery.com in which he talks about his work —

My inspiration for ceramic art comes from many different things/places/loves. I am definitely a dog lover as you can tell from this site.  Lately I have been focusing a great many hours on the urn business, the other site I have: www.urnnews.com It is great and I enjoy making them as well, now it is time to get into the other side of my art and that is making vases, plates, etc…  I  carve onto the vessel the many designs that come into my head.  I don’t have one style that I work with exclusively.  I guess you can say some of my work is Southwestern or Native American because of the smoke decoration. I enjoy using fire/smoke/chemicals to finish decorating the piece for me.  You never know what you are going to get when you open the smoker in the morning.  This feeling is a lot like Christmas morning when you were a kid, it is extremely exciting for me to see what mother nature has done with my art to help me complete it.  I guess right now I am inspired by living things and giving.  I want to be the most powerful giver I can be and do Gods will in the best way possible.

Pretty cool.

We loved his urns so much we added a picture of his Ocean Urn to our home page see!

Here’s more pictures of Matt’s work. Aren’t they amazing urns? – Anna

Copper Adventure 1 Urn

Copper Adventure 1 Urn

Fall Urn

Fall Urn

Ocean Urn

Ocean Urn

Tribal Sun Urn

Tribal Sun Urn

Tall Urn

Tall Urn

Florida Urn

Florida Urn

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