Monday, September 10, 2018

Plan Your Own Funeral

Planning your own funeral is truly one of the most thoughtful and generous things you can do for your family. Think of it -- when your time comes, your loved ones will be distraught and emotionally less than fully capable for making the many decisions that now present themselves. Their funeral director will guide and help them through this difficult time, but there's someone else who can help them immensely: that's you.

All you need to do is make a record of your preferences and all the myriad info they will need to gather, and put it in one place.  We have created a Funeral Planning 101 sheet, and have made it as easy as possible to fill it in.  We've deliberately made it an information sheet that you can print out -- because with a print-out you can add data over time such as over a weekend, and you also won't need to worry that anyone is gathering your sensitive private information.  

Here are some of the ways you'll be lifting the load from their shoulders at the time of your passing:
- Do your loved ones know your parents' middle names?  Their places of birth?  These are things that will be needed, and not necessarily very easy to gather.  Write them down in the Funeral Planning sheet.
- How about Life Insurance? Or your Pension Plan number? The location of your will? Your loved ones will need to find these, and you can make it easy for them -- save them from hunting through paperwork to find such things.
- What about your preferences for burial versus cremation? Most spouses know this one, but some couples just never get around to talking about it, or even if they have discussed it, there may never have been a final choice made. They will be so happy to be sure they are doing what you wanted.
- What about the style of cremation urn or casket you would like? Knowing you chose it will mean the world to them. We've had increasing numbers of people who buy their cremation urn as part of their funeral planning.  The urn can be tucked away in a place you show to your loved one, and can even contain your Funeral Planning sheet.  Or -- you can put it out in full view, as a reminder to live fully and well every day. I know of one lady who uses her urn as a flower vase, until such time as it will be needed -- she loves it!
- If you really feel like being 'present' at your own funeral, you can make a collection of the music of your life -- a CD of your favorite songs will not only represent you during the service, it will become a treasured keepsake afterward.

There is so much to organize when we lose a loved one. You can eliminate the better part of the stress of gathering information, simply by providing it in one easy document, on a Funeral Planning sheet like this one.  If you print it out to fill it in, congratulations for doing such a marvelous thing for your family!  

And, if you should decide to buy your cremation urn as part of your funeral planning, it's our pleasure to reward you with a Coupon Code for a 20% discount on any of our cremation urns and keepsake memorials.  Simply enter this code during checkout:  LOVE20 --- and free shipping is still included to anywhere in continental USA or Canada!

All best wishes,

Barbara Bergen, designer
Cremation Urns by Legacy

Thursday, May 10, 2018

What Size Are Cremation Urns?

We often hear the question posed:  "What size are cremation urns?" 
Various Sizes of Urns and Keepsakes
Those who are searching for a cremation urn or keepsake are sometimes unsure about the size they should be looking for.  

When we experience the death of a loved one, there are so many immediate details to consider and decide upon, it can be overwhelming. And these myriad decisions are required at exactly the same time when we are distressed and least capable, emotionally, of researching and making informed choices.

The main rule of thumb about urn sizes is this: one pound of healthy body weight is approximately equal to one cubic inch of ashes.  In other words, if your loved one weighed 180 lbs., then you would need an urn with at least 180 cubic inches of interior volume. 

The standard size of most cremation urns is 200 cubic inches, to hold the ashes of one who weighed up to 200 lbs.  However, there are urns that are larger and some that are smaller than this standard size, so it's important when searching for a funeral urn online to check its cubic inch volume in the details of the description, before buying it.
Iridescent Green Mini Urn

We have 10 different sizes of urns and keepsakes in our web store Cremation Urns by Legacy that range from 200 cubic inches for adult urns, to 175 cubic inches for more petite adult urns, to keepsake spheres in 5 sizes, plus mini urns to hold 1 cubic inch, and cremation jewelry that contains only a pinch of ashes.  If the family has decided to divide the ashes, then there are many different sizes of keepsakes to consider.
Celtic Cross Sterling Urn Pendant

We also have a search function within our web store, to help narrow down what urns are available, based on your loved one's weight, or based on the number of family members who intend to share the ashes.  Here is the link to the search page by weight.  Look on the left of the page, where various weight/volume categories are offered.

Also, here is a brief video that outlines the 4 factors that affect the size of the cremation urn and/or keepsake you will choose:  What Size Are Cremation Urns?  

When the time comes to select an urn or keepsake, we hope this has been helpful.  Please use our Friends and Family coupon code, FAF10 -- simply enter it during checkout for 10% off your entire purchase, and free shipping to Canada or the United States.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Sizes of Cremation Urns

Cremation Urn and Keepsake Memorial Sizes
Urn and Matching Keepsake

As a designer of cremation urns and keepsakes, I try to offer a variety sizes to answer all the options a family may be considering for creating a beautiful and meaningful memorial to their loved one. To me, the purpose of an urn memorial is to honor the loved one by aptly capturing their essence in an urn or keepsake, that will inspire loving memories for years to come. The size of the memorial can be big or small, depending on whether the family wishes to keep all the ashes in one urn, or to divide the ashes among several keepsakes, or to scatter some or all of the ashes.

Medium Cremation Urn holds up to 175 cubic inches
The standard full-size adult urn is 200 cubic inches, as prescribed by CANA, the Cremation Association of North America.  200 cubic inches is the volume needed to contain the ashes of someone whose healthy weight was up to 200 pounds.  I also have designed a line of more petite Medium size urns, from our Reflections Series, that are 175 cubic inches -- one of these urns will contain the ashes of one who weighed up to 175 lbs. 

This Small Keepsake holds up to 12 cubic inches
If the family wishes to share the ashes among family members, then each of the vessels will be a keepsake size. My keepsake urns vary in size from 75 cubic inches, to 35, 30, 18, 12 and 1 cubic inches.  When families live at great distances from one another, they will sometimes choose to divide the ashes into several keepsakes, or sometimes in one urn plus one or more keepsakes.  In this case, use 'The Formula' to add up the volume capacities of the urn plus all the keepsakes:  one pound of healthy weight = one cubic inch of ashes.

Some families choose to conduct a scattering ceremony, which can be a beautiful and intimate ritual, usually attended by immediate family members and possibly a very close friend. I know of one family who chose to scatter the ashes -- they used the urn as the scattering vessel, and they now use the empty urn vessel as a vase to hold flowers, which goes on the table during every family gathering.  

Depending upon the size of the person and the family’s choice to divide or scatter the ashes, the size of the urn or keepsake can vary. Whether big or small, a memorial stands for the unique style and personality of our loved one.  A full size cremation urn or a small keepsake will evoke loving memories of their beautiful spirit.
See all of Cremation Urns by Legacy's urns and keepsakes at their web store