Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Urns & Outs - February, 2011

For many ancient civilizations, Cremation represented the rebirth of the soul. The flame was said to be the beginning and end of life, and at death, the flame purified the body and released the immortal spirit from the mortal remains. I read sometime back, in a cremation urn catalog I believe, about tales of an angel, sweeping down from the heavens and gathering the soul in a mystical urn. With the glowing fire lighting the way, the angel would carry the soul in the urn to its place of rest.

Whether a body is buried, entombed or Cremated, those that we love and whose lives we interact with deserve the utmost respect when they die. These remains are not refuse or fertilizer, and as civilized people we would never dream of simply “discarding” our loved ones on the lawn or in the garbage. These remains deserve what they received in life: care and respect.

It is very important to realize that the cremation urn that a family selects isn’t just a piece of wood, metal, or other material. Rather, it is a sacred vessel that contains one of the greatest possessions there is – the physical remains of one whom they’ve loved – one whose life they touched and who touched theirs. It seems that this is discounted in many ways. But make no mistake about it – a cremation urn serves the very same purpose that a casket does.

In my years of studying cremation and its history, I’ve learned of the many options that are available for the final disposition of cremated remains. From fireworks, to diamonds, to sending
them into space, the ideas and expressions are plentiful. Each has its own merit, and, as I’ve said before, those faced with this decision should follow their heart and choose what they appreciate, or what suits their needs; but for this author, there is no other memorial that could be as beautiful as the Cremated remains of a loved one at rest in a sacred urn.

At least, that’s my perspective…
~ Jason