Monday, November 25, 2013

What's with all the changes?

You may have noticed that the name of my blog has changed so I thought I would give a brief explanation. The original title of the blog was "Urns and Outs" - to match my column in the regional magazine "The Dead Beat." But since I have several followers from other parts of the country, I thought I would give the website a new name - one that represents the history of and dedication to cremation that I am trying to convey.
Dr. Hugo Erichsen was a major proponent of the cremation movement in America - and in the 1920s, he oversaw the compilation of thoughts on the subject of cremation - the booklet was titled "Via Lucis." Though I am not sure where he came up with the title, but knowing him, it was wrought with depth and meaning. Perhaps it was the quote of Frances Willard and her view of cremation as "the luminous path of light" as opposed to "the dark slow road of the valley of the shadow of death" that swayed Dr. Erichsen in his choice of names. Either way, the words "Via Lucis" became synonymous with Dr. Erichsen's view of cremation, and the words occupy a stained glass window in the columbarium where the remains of this champion of cremation rest in the Woodmere Crematorium in Detroit.
The stained glass window that graces the columbarium where
rest the remains of Dr. Hugo Erichsen.
It is in Dr. Erichsen's honor that this website is named. I respectfully carry on the torch he championed so proudly throughout his life!

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