Monday, December 09, 2013

Purely Personal

"What urn would a 'loyal cremationist' choose for his own remains?"
I don't know that I have ever been asked that question. In all the years I have studied cremation and its history, the vast styles of urns and the various expressions of them I have come in contact with have been too numerous to even catalog.
Originally, for my own remains, I had chosen an urn I frequently sell at our funeral home, had it engraved, and had a friend attach a finial - the symbol of the sacred flame commonly placed on the urns of the historic cremationists. This "Omega" was "my urn" - and the company who supplies it knows it holds that distinction for me.
Along my journey, I have been fortunate to meet a number of creators of cremation urns - but only a small handful have been able to impress me with their designs. The question was asked of me by one such creator: Steve Izzi, former craftsman of Gorham Bronze urns in the 70s and 80s, and now owner of Creative Bronze in Rhode Island. 

But how could I narrow down such a thing, especially when I have spent the majority of my life on a quest of studying the urn and its form? With the opportunity to do so, I began contemplating the idea of an urn made just for me. So I gave Steve a few ideas: It would have to look historic. Handles. A pedestal. A flame finial. I would like it to have features from two of my favorite urn companies: Gorham and Meierjohan-Wengler. Most importantly it would have to fit in the niche I have chosen for myself.
Immediately, Steve began to demonstrate why his company is called "Creative Bronze" - and began the quest of creating this personal urn just for me. For the body of the urn, he took a similar shape as the Meierjohan-Wengler "Atlas" - and made unique, slight modifications. The lid is a smaller version of the one that covers the Meierjohan-Wengler "Delphos." The signature Gorham flame finial graces the top - polished to match the handles:

The result, as you will agree, is a masterpiece in permanent memorialization. It embodies the ideal of everything I have ever appreciated in an urn and everything I have stood for in cremation. This is the urn that will someday contain my cremated remains - inurned at rest. And because I feel every urn should have a unique name, I call it the "Patroclus" - in honor of the legendary Greek hero.

1 comment:

Danny Rivera said...

Nothing can help to forget the sorrow of the death of a loved one, but it is a tradition to perform the funeral rituals with due respect. Thus, you must not waste any time to buy the necessary funeral items, including the decorative cremation urn, which helps preserving the ashes of the lost person.