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Bronze Urns: An alloy developed before 3,000 B.C., modern bronze is a combination of copper, zinc and tin. It is formed in three basic ways. It can be rolled into sheets or, cast into shapes using either the "lost wax" or sand casting methods. Urns made from sheet bronze are normally shaped into squares and rectangles.

Cold Cast Bronze Urns: A mold is filled with a mixture of bronze powder and a small amount of catalyzed resin. No heat is required as the mixture cures at room temperature. When the urn is removed from the mold it is hand polished to remove any slight imperfections and to create the patina which makes bronze so attractive. A clear coating may also be applied to protect the surface.

Urns are an important addition to a cremation service. They have lasting value and are a beautiful memorial for your loved one. Selecting the right urn is a personal decision and one that represents how an individual is remembered.

Urns come in a variety of styles, materials, sizes and purposes. You can see many examples of this on this page. Urns can be made of bronze, hardwood, marble, porcelain, cloisonne, brass, stainless steel and more. Urns can be personalized with names, dates, inscriptions and art work. There are also many memorial products too. You might want to remember your loved one with a locket or pendant. You may wish to keep a unique or specialized memorial in your home or office. Your Earthman Funeral Director has catalogs or urns and memorials for you to review and choose from.


Cloisonne Urns: Featuring beautiful, intricate designs, cloisonne is an enamelling technique developed in the 12th century. On a solid bronze casting, delicate metal strips are raised in relief to form the pattern. Each resulting cellular space is filled with vitreous enamel. The urns is then fired and polished, revealing detail in bright, vivid colors.
Marble Urns: Hand selected for its distinctive variegated patterning, each marble urn is unique in appearance. The intricate natural designs of the various elements within the original stone are enhanced by its highly polished surface. A second type of stone urn is "cultured" marble, which is produced from limestone chips which have been mixed with an adhesive and coloring, then cold formed and polished.

Porcelain Urns: The Chinese first made porcelain in the sixth century and began exporting it, mainly to India, in the 16th century. It was first made commercially in Europe a century later. The main ingredients include fine white clay, friend glass particles and powdered animal bones. Baking at extremely high temperatures produces the hard, almost translucent material known as porcelain. The colorful decorations are achieved by painting the finished product with brilliant colors using vitreous enamels. It is again fired which melts the glass particles in the paint, producing the hard durable surface.

Many sociologists and psychologist agree on the importance of creating a lasting memory location for those who have experienced the death of someone close to them. We are all familiar with how a location is created when the casket is buried in a cemetery. The location is marked with a headstone to both identify and honor the gravesite. When cremation, rather than burial follows a funeral, many options for creating a memory location are available.Family Grave Site. As with casket burial, cremated remains may also be buried in a family burial plot. There are also grave markers available that can be placed at the grave that provide an above-ground niche for the urn.

The Urn Garden. Cemetery urn gardens provide an area for individual urn burial plots that accommodate a small grave marker or horizontal plaque over the burial site.

Above Ground Memorials. Cemetery columbarium niches, either indoors or out, take the form of an entire building, a room or, perhaps a wall along a hallway or in an alcove. Many columbariums have clear glass fronts allowing keepsakes to be placed alongside the urn.

At Home. Some people may wish to display the cremated remains in a decorative urn in their home. It is also possible to scatter or bury a portion of the remains, and retain a portion. Many urns are produced in smaller sizes to hold a smaller quantity of the remains when several people wish keepsakes. The keepsake can also take the form of jewelry, which is usually a hollow decorative pendant.

The Scattering Garden. Some cemeteries provide and area where cremated remains can be scattered and the deceased can be remembered on a special memorial plaque, usually located nearby on a stone wall specially built for this purpose.
Hardwood Urns: The distinctive grain pattern of hardwood makes each urn unique. The warmth of wood is enhanced by either a gloss or satin finish. Hardwoods often used for urns include oak, maple, cherry and walnut.

Casual Scattering. Cremated remains may be scattered at a site other than a cemetery, on land or in water, as long as it is in accordance with state and local regulations. If this is done, it is recommended that some arrangement is made for a permanent memorial, either at the scattering location or another.

Double Inurnments. There are many urns available to hold more than one cremated remains. These are called "Double Inurnment" urns.

Selecting the right urn is an important and personal decision. It is a symbol of your remembrance and memorial. Urns are made from may materials, some more suitable for earth burial than others. Obviously urns of metals, such as bronze or pewter or, marble lend themselves to earthen burial more readily than urns of porcelain or wood. Some urns are more suitable for permanent above-ground display. By using an urn burial vault, usually made of fiberglass or concrete, any urn can be buried. This gives the urn an extra measure of protection.

Unique Urns & Specialty Memorials: From traditional to contemporary, unique urns, lockets and pendants are as special as the person they memorialize or the person who wears or retains the memorial. These specialty remembrances are sure to become treasured family heirlooms.

As you can see, there are many options you have to personalize your memorialization. Contact us to learn more or see your Earthman Funeral Director for assistance.



Personalized Urns: Most urns can be personalized thereby taking on a whole new meaning. With few exceptions any urn can be personalized, including both round and flat surfaces in a variety of materials including, bronze, stainless steel, marble and hardwwod. You can pay tribute to your loved one with illustrations form our extensive library and/or with inscriptions names and dates. Personalizing an urn is as personal as you wish.






Cremation Caskets

Most crematories require the remains be enclosed in a container of some kind. In addition, most people choose to have a casket at a funeral service. As with cremation urns there are many caskets to choose from to provide just the right one for memorializing your loved one.

Allendale
Mahogany Cremation Casket
  • Constructed of Mahogany
  • Hand-rubbed finish
  • Champagne velvet interior
  • Available with or without handles
Endicott
Cherry Cremation Casket
  • Constructed of cherry
  • Hand-rubbed finish
  • Champagne velvet interior
  • Available with or without handles
Pioneer
Oak Cremation Casket
  • Constructed of oak
  • Rosetan crepe interior
  • Available with or without handles
Clarion
Hardwood Cremation Casket
  • Constructed of hardwood
  • Rosetan crepe interior
  • Available with or without handles
Newport
Hardwood Cremation Casket
  • Constructed of hardwood
  • Moss pink crepe interior
  • Available with or without handles
Serenity
Pine Cremation Casket
  • Constructed of pine
  • Rosetan crepe interior
  • Available with or without handles
Pacific Pine
Hardboard Cremation Casket
  • Authentic pine wood appearance
  • Constructed of hardboard
  • Rosetan crepe interior
Bayview Beech
Hardboard Cremation Casket
  • Authentic beech wood appearance
  • Constructed of hardboard
  • Ivory crepe interior
Shaker Pine
Hardboard Cremation Casket
  • Authentic washed pine appearance
  • Constructed of hardboard
  • Ivory crepe interior
The Standard
Alternative Cremation Container
  • Meets FTC requirements for an "alternative container
  • Constructed of wood composites
  • Includes small pillow


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