The Top 5 Ways To Organize A Drive Thru Funeral

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As far as creative funerals go, it doesn’t get more creative than organizing a drive thru funeral. This can mean different things to different people but the term is becoming more commonly used. To clear up any confusion, we will be delving into the world of drive thru funerals. Here are the top five ways to organize a drive thru funeral.

#1. Drive Thru Catering At The Wake

Drive thru funerals are a creative way of celebrating the life of someone known for their love of fast food. A classic example would be someone who loved Burger King restaurants. One way to incorporate the deceased person’s love of this food would be to serve fast food at the wake. An increasingly common practice is to have the undertakers embalm the body of the deceased and position them in a ‘living’ position, say, at a table or astride their favourite motorbike. The wake then takes on a party-like atmosphere, during which time fast food offerings from the local drive thru could be served.

#2. A Motorcade Escapade

An alternative way of incorporating a drive thru theme into a funeral is to simply pass by or drive through the favourite restaurant of the deceased person. As the coffin is transported in a hearse, other cars in the motorcade could take a quick detour and visit the drive thru. Friends or family members could order the favourite meal of the deceased person. This could then be positioned on top of the coffin prior to burial or cremation to help celebrate their lives.

#3. Funeral Catering With A Twist

The third way to include a drive thru to a funeral is simply to ask a local drive thru restaurant to cater for the funeral. This is a slightly more conventional way of celebrating the food that the deceased person most loved during their lifetime. Guests tend to have a better time relaxing after the funeral once the burial or cremation has been completed.

#4. Drive Thru Fancy Dress

A highly creative way of celebrating the life of someone who loved drive thru dining is to set a fancy dress theme. The obvious solution would be to have everyone dress up as drive thru employees, perhaps with the name of the deceased embroidered onto their hats. Alternatively, you could choose movie or TV characters who worked in fast food restaurants.

#5. Drive Thru Viewings

You won’t be able to order any fries or a shake but Carl Eggleston of Farmville offers drive thru viewings to the families he serves. He has over thirty years of experience in the funeral business and believes that people actually want the convenience of being able to pay their respects to their loved ones in drive thru fashion. This drive thru viewing idea is showcased at Eggleston’s funeral room and simply means that the coffins containing the bodies of the deceased are positioned in glass fronted rooms. Friends and family members can drive into the parking lot, view the body from the comfort of their own car and then leave. This type of viewing is sure to appeal to drive thru aficionados. It is designed to make funeral viewings quick and easy for all. The idea is that people can save time and fit in viewings around their business work and personal schedules.

Conclusion

Whether you are planning your own funeral or cremation in New Haven CT, or in the process of planning a funeral for someone else, these five drive thru inspired funeral ideas should have given you some food for thought. The trend in melding drive thrus and funerals is certainly rising and so long as it fits the life lived, why not give it a go? All five of the ideas in this article are perfectly applicable for anyone having a funeral service. Whether you choose burial or cremation, you are bound to be able to use one of these ideas to make the event memorable. If you are planned a drive thru inspired wedding, we’d love to hear from you. What do you think of the ideas in our list? Which ideas would you add? Let us know and leave a comment below!

How To Choose The Perfect Urn

One of the most enduring myths about funerals is that cremations are less expensive than in-ground burials. In fact, you can spend just as much on an urn as a coffin and pay just as much for a place to display an urn as you would for a burial plot. Whether you are choosing an urn for yourself, or planning a funeral for someone else, here are six tips for choosing the perfect urn.

Tip #1. Consider Pre-Paying For The Funeral

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The three most common materials used to construct urns are wood, stone and metal. Pre-paying for a funeral means drawing up a contract with the funeral home to hold a sum of money in a trust. This fund grows in value and is used to cover the cost of the funeral with any remaining money returned to the estate of the deceased. Pre-paying lets you lock in at today’s prices and saves any surviving family members from the burden of having to choose an urn when they are in an emotionally vulnerable state. One advantage of pre-paying is that you can choose a more expensive urn than you may otherwise be able to afford. A marble or brass plated urn can be comfortably paid for throughout a long-term contract.

Tip #2. Decide Where You Would Like The Urn To Be Stored

Any funeral home or online store will conveniently separate indoor urns from outdoor ones. Typically, indoor urns are cheaper and can be more elaborate as they do not need to be weather resistant. Indoor urns can be crafted from wood such as oak or ash and may be plated with brass or steel. Outdoor urns must be corrosion resistant and durable enough to protect cremated remains from adverse weather. Most people choose bronze, brass or a zinc alloy for outdoor urns as these metals do not corrode.

Tip #3. Choose A Location For An Outdoor Urn

A helpful tip for choosing the perfect urn is to consider where it will be displayed. You may choose a private garden or a memorial garden with many cemeteries catering to those who wish to buy a memorial plot for their urn. By thinking of the location, you will have a much easier task of selecting the right urn. Which urn compliments the surrounds? What natural materials are in that area? By matching the material of the urn to the surround area, your selection will be far easier.

Tip #4. Consider The Durability Of The Finish

Many urns can be personalized with religious symbols such as crosses or starts relevant to the beliefs held by the deceased during their lifetime. These engraved plates can contain any picture, image or text but may not withstand the elements as well as the urn. For instance, if you choose a stone urn for displaying outdoors, a metal tag or plate may not weather as well as the stone. If you must incorporate metal onto an outside urn, use an inert material such as zinc.

Tip #5. Calculate The Size

As a general rule of thumb, the urn should have one cubic inch of space for every pound of body weight the person had before they died. For example, a baby weighing ten pounds would need an urn with ten cubic inches of storage space. However, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) has created an industry standard of 200 cubic inches, and even large people fit into these despite weighing over 200 pounds.

Tip #6. Decide Whether You Will Share The Remains

It is traditional to think that all cremated remains will be stored in one urn. This doesn’t have to be the case. You could buy several smaller urns allowing multiple family members to retain a portion of the remains. These are commonly known as ‘sharing urns’ for ashes. The next sizes down are keepsake urns and these are the smallest size of urns. Besides sharing, there are multiple ways of using a portion of cremated remains. Some companies such as LifeGem® use eight ounces of remains to create a synthetic diamond. Certain companies such as Celestis will send a portion of the remains to space. These options obviously leave some remains that must be stored or scattered.

Conclusion

These six tips should help anyone considering a cremation in New Haven CT to choose the perfect urn. How did you choose your urn? Let us know and leave us a comment below!

5 Creative Ways To Scatter Cremated Remains

If you, your friend or loved one has decided to opt for cremation, scattering the ashes is an ideal way of celebrating a life well lived. Some people love the fact that their cremated remains can travel to the four corners of the earth instead of remaining in a fixed resting place. Far from being a straight forward event however, scattering remains raises infinite possibilities. Here are five creative ways to scatter cremated remains. Which one will you choose?

#1. A Memorable Or Favorite Location

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First on our list is the idea of scattering the ashes at a certain location. This is typically a memorable or favorite location of the deceased. In this scenario, all of the ashes are scattered at once, usually after a religious ceremony or remembrance service. Most people choose a stream, river or lake as they are committed to the idea of their remains travelling a great distance after they have passed on.

#2. Separate Scatterings

According to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), the ‘industry standard’ size of a cremation urn is 200 cubic inches. However, there smaller urns are available meaning that instead of one scattering, you could have several. Smaller urns are known as ‘sharing’ urns and the smallest urns are known as ‘keepsake’ urns. Having cremated remains shared out in this way opens up many creative possibilities. You could have one scattering ceremony with a portion of the ashes and then give several smaller urns to family members. Alternatively, you could ask different family members to scatter the ashes in different locations simultaneously.

#3. Jetsetter Scatterings

The very smallest urns, keepsake urns, contain only a tiny portion of ashes. Using these urns gives multiple family members the opportunity to keep some remains and scatter others. Jetsetter scatterings are where family members hold onto keepsake urns and scatter the ashes at various locations around the globe. Instead of one large event, family members simply take the urns as their go on vacation and scatter the remains in accordance with the wishes of the deceased. Most people want to be scattered near memorable places they visited during their lifetime such as the Eiffel tower or the Grand Canyon. Others want to be scattered at places they never had a chance to visit during their lifetime.

#4. The Earth Orbit Scatter

Celestis, a space burial company, offers people the chance to pay for a portion of their cremated remains to be sent into space. Each gram costs serious money so most people elect to pay for just one gram of their ashes to be sent into earth orbit onboard a Celestis spacecraft. These launches take place alongside a real commercial or scientific satellite. The remains will stay in earth orbit for between 10 and 240 years, until re-entering the atmosphere, ‘harmlessly vaporizing like a shooting star in final tribute’ according to the company.

#5. The Deep Space Scatter

For those with serious cash to burn, the Celestis Voyager Service is planned to launch cremated remains on a voyage through deep space. Unlike the earth orbit flight, these capsules will leave the Earth-Moon system on a permanent celestial journey. Planned for 2016, these launches will be ideal for people who want their ashes to sail forever through the infinity of space. Obviously a hit with sci-fi fans and Star Trek aficionados, the chance to have remains go on a true deep space voyage is one of the most creative ways of scattering ashes. The only drawback is that, like the earth orbit flight, the ‘symbolic’ portion of ashes is only one gram in weight. You will still have plenty of cremated remains to give to family members or scatter on earth.

Conclusion

Anyone considering cremation in New Haven CT who hasn’t yet decided how to scatter their ashes will surely be inspired from some of the ideas on this list. A key theme linking all of these ideas together is the idea that you don’t have to choose just one way of scattering ashes. You can divide up and share the ashes to have them scattered in a variety of ways at different locations. If you have already made a decision about where and when to scatter the cremated remains of a loved one, let us know your creative ideas and leave us a comment below!

5 Top Tips For Writing An Amazing Eulogy

When it comes to funeral services, delivering a strong and powerful eulogy can make or break the event. A eulogy should tie everything together and help people to bond. A eulogy should make people laugh and cry, remember the life that was and help them to come together. Unfortunately, writing the perfect eulogy is a tall order. Here are five top tips for writing a heartbreaking and memorable eulogy.

#1. Use A Video

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A very powerful technique for delivering a eulogy is to incorporate a video. Most notably, Brooke Shields did this for her friend Michael Jackson to capture the loss of a passing musical genius. Shields said ‘smile though your heart is aching’ and used a video to delve into Jackson’s life. If you are tasked with delivering a eulogy, you can use a video to make your speech shine. Choose a home video or a section of film you know the person loved. Explain to the audience what it meant to them and recall a moment when you watched it together and how it felt. Ending a eulogy with a short video, even a music video or a slideshow set to music, is a great way to deliver a heart melting speech.

#2. Use Satire

A eulogy doesn’t have to be grand, wise or epic in scale. Using satire is one of the best ways to create a truly unique eulogy for a person at their funeral. Choose a funny moment you remember from their life and try to satirize it. You might like to do an impression or recall an event or action that you found amusing. It may be funny to parody how the person answered the phone, left a message or something funny that they wrote on greetings cards they sent out. A good laugh and a good story is one of the best formulas for a winning eulogy.

#3. It’s The Small Things You Remember

In the end, it’s the small things you remember about a person’s life. Perhaps the way they smiled, the things they said or their actions. A great technique for throwing the audience off guard is to mention negative things. It’s the last thing that people will be expecting and may at first seem cruel or unkind. In fact, you can recount things that the person said or did that annoyed you but then explain that you miss these things and would do anything to have them back. This approach is known as ‘beautiful imperfection’ where you draw on character traits or actions to show how much someone meant to you during their life.

#4. Use The Stream Of Consciousness

Stream of consciousness is a literary device you can use to take the audience back to the defining moments in the life of the deceased. Mona Simpson used this technique to deliver a eulogy for her brother Steve Jobs in 2009. You can use it to make your eulogy stand out. Collect together salient memories you have of the life of the deceased and use them to weave a story and share special insights with the audience. During your eulogy, the audience will learn new things about the person they knew and will deeply appreciate being able to share in the special times that you enjoyed with the deceased.

#5. Draw Parallels Between Your Lives

The final tip for writing an amazing eulogy is to draw parallels between your life and that of the deceased. Did you both attend the same church? Grow up together at school? Dream the same dreams? Share these facts with the audience to find a way to capture the essence of the person and their life story at the same time. Audiences love this type of eulogy.

Conclusion

Now that you’ve read our top tips for writing an amazing eulogy, you should at least have one idea for starting to write your own. Writing a great eulogy helps your family capture the life story of the person who passed away. A eulogy can unite an audience, help them to move on and help unify the entire funeral. Whether you are preparing for a funeral or a cremation in New Haven CT, these five eulogy writing tips are sure to stand you in good stead. Good luck!

The Top 5 Most Beautiful Pieces Of Jewellery To Be Made From Cremated Remains

Whether you plan to be cremated yourself or are planning a funeral for someone else, the whole idea of passing on can seem transitory and empty. Increasingly, people are choosing to immortalize the remains of their loved ones by transforming them into jewels, gems and diamonds. To give you a taste of what’s on offer, here are the top five most beautiful pieces of jewellery you can make from cremated remains.

#1. Diamond Rings

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Have you ever tried to sell a diamond ring back to the jewellery shop where you bought it? If you have, you may have learnt one important lesson: diamonds aren’t as valuable as you think. Jewellery shops very rarely buy back jewellery and those that do offer a price far below the original retail price. The demand for diamonds was artificially created by marketing experts at De Beers over a hundred years ago. By creating a global monopoly and controlling supply and demand, value artificially given to diamonds. In fact, perfect and flawless diamonds can be made in a laboratory. A company called LifeGem® can take as little as eight ounces of cremated remains or a lock of hair from a deceased person and turn it into a certified, high-quality diamond.

#2. Diamond Earrings

The hassle of how to display cremated remains or where to scatter them can be all but eliminated by companies who turn a portion of the remains into an artificial diamond. The process takes around nine months and while the customer can select the general color such as blue, red, yellow, green or colorless, the final color cannot be predicted. Artificial gem companies use the carbon from the deceased person to create the gem. The price depends on the size of the gem and even tiny gems can be created and displayed in earrings.

#3. Pendants

Those who don’t like wearing rings or earrings can choose pendants featuring artificial gems. As with diamonds, these gems last forever as a sign of everlasting love. Common choices are cross pendants and heart shaped pendants made from gold or silver. Worn around the neck, these pendants feature gems created using the carbon taken from the body of the deceased. Just eight ounces of hair will yield enough carbon to produce almost any diamond the family wants. The gems used in pendants are typically smaller than those featured on the ring.

#4. Treasure Rings

These vary slightly from diamond rings and typically contain a much smaller artificial diamond. Made from gold or silver, treasure rings feature a tiny diamond on one side. This is inset into the body of the ring. This style of ring is perfect for people who don’t wish for it to be confused with an engagement or wedding ring as a diamond ring might.

#5. Mother and Child Pendant

This unique type of pendant resembles a mother and child holding hands in a circular fashion. This type of jewellery appeals to people who have lost their parents. They feature a fabricated diamond using the carbon of the deceased and are identical in every aspect to natural diamonds. They have the same brilliance and hardness as naturally occurring diamonds. They are authenticated and identified by gemmologists.

Conclusion

All of the jewellery ideas in this article focus around artificially created diamonds. Modern technology can replicate the process of what takes millions of years naturally to occur within the earth. Most diamonds take around nine months to make. Although cremated remains are typically used, the same process works with hair locks taken from deceased. This means that these jewellery options are also available to those who prefer burial over cremation. Interestingly, it also means that gems can be created from pet hair, making them the perfect way for owners to remember their pets. Whether you are choosing burial or cremation in New Haven CT, these five jewellery ideas are sure to give you pause for thought.

Have you ever commissioned jewellery from cremated remains? What do you think of our list? Let us know how it went for you and which style of jewellery you chose. Leave us a comment in the space below and tell us your favourite style of jewellery.

The Top 5 Creative Ways To Use Cremated Remains

With the baby-boomer generation finally moving on, its unsurprisingly that an increasing number of people are choosing creative options for their passing. Funerals should reflect the life lived and more people than ever are choosing unusual ways to celebrate their lives. Cremation is a popular option and this article examines the top five creative ways to use cremated ashes. Whether you are planning your own funeral or looking for ideas for someone you know, here are five creative ideas to get you started.

#1. Funeral Beads

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The practice of creating funeral beads, or ‘death’ beads, started in South Korea. There is so little vacant land there that the government passed a law stating that buried remains must be exhumed after 50 years. This means that those who choose to be buried in South Korea must burden their future family with the inconvenience and expense of having their final resting placed disturbed. Unsurprisingly, many Koreans elect to be cremated. Instead of storing ashes in a jar or urn, they pay companies to form the ashes in to beads. These can be stored or displayed in the home. Despite their name, these beads actually look beautiful. They can be colored and polished to suit the customers’ specifications.

#2. Houston, We Have Lift Off

Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry paid for his cremated remains to be blasted off into space in 1997 along with a reported 23 others. Since then, a steadily growing number of people have chosen to disperse their ashes in this way. For less than three thousand dollars, anyone can pay for a small portion of their cremated remains to be stored on a satellite and launched into low earth orbit. Celestis, a space burial company, is the primary provider of this service but other firms are joining the market all the time. Satellite owners actually make a lot of money this way and use it to offset the cost of the equipment and rocket launch. The satellite, and its cargo, is destroyed when it reaches the end of its useful lifespan and reenters earth’s atmosphere.

#3. ‘You Lookin’ At Me?’

If blasting into space isn’t your thing, how about being blasted out of a gun? An innovative company Holy Smoke, LLC, can incorporate cremated remains into a shell or cartridge for a firearm. You can choose between shotgun shells, rifle cartridges or pistol cartridges as a memorable and unusual way of using your ashes. According to the website, the rounds function as normal and can be fired from any appropriate weapon. The cremated remains do not affect the operation of the gun although cleaning is required afterwards, as with all ammunition. This is certainly a great idea for those who like to go out with a bang.

#4. Create Art

There are many ways to use cremated remains to produce memorable art work. Ashes can be mixed into ink and used in a tattoo parlour or even used to produce an oil painting. Memorials.com offers an oil painting service where cremated remains are mixed into oil paints and used to produce a picture. The company’s ‘Art in Ashes’ project creates abstract oil paintings out of the paint, not portraits of the deceased as you might expect. This is a beautiful and memorable way of displaying ashes, compared with keeping an urn.

#5. A Diamond Is Forever

Anyone opting for cremation in New Haven CT will have their work cut out deciding what to do with the ashes. LifeGem® offers to take a lock of hair or cremated remains and turn them into a certified diamond. This gem can then be displayed on a ring or other piece of jewellery to provide a permanent reminder of the person. The best thing about this idea is that only a tiny portion of cremated remains is used, meaning that the bulk of the ashes can be displayed or dispersed in other ways.

Conclusion

If you are struggling to choose, don’t worry. Many of the ideas on this list use only a small portion of the ashes. You can do something creative without using up all of the cremated remains. The remaining portion can be scattered or displayed in the traditional way. Have you heard of any more creative ways of using cremated remains? Let us know and leave us a comment below!