This past week, People Magazine revealed the first photos of Prince’s urn, one that is a totally unique as the man was himself.
While alive, Paisley Park in Minnesota was Prince’s home; as of last Thursday, it became a museum and memorial to him. At that museum, his ashes are on display in a one of a kind urn that was designed by his sister, Tyka Nelson and his nephew President Nelson. They partnered with Foreverence, a company that developed a scale model of Paisley Park itself. It’s 14 x 18 inches and decorated with Prince’s famous symbol in his signature purple.
His ashes are sealed in the front column and, though it can’t be seen by the public, the facade “opens to reveal a miniature replica of Paisley Park’s grand atrium, including the singer’s signature purple Yamaha piano, white ornamental doves and decorative tile floor. The interior even includes real working lights.”
According to its website, Foreverence designs urns and memorials that “celebrate life, passion, and legacy”. They’re “a timeless tribute as unique as the life it represents.” They certainly managed that for Prince.
You may not want such a unique resting place but you may want information about options that are available to you. To find out more, go to www.diesmart.com.
In the past, we have written a lot about planning a funeral, the prepayment option and hints to save money. We recently came across a blog from urnsonline.com that we want to share with you. Click here to see what it says. The ideas are excellent ones and convey suggestions that you probably aren’t familiar with. Take a few minutes to read the blog, even if you’re not planning a funeral right now. The tips will come in handy when you do.
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We’ve reported before on unique ways to dispose of someone’s body after death. However, a friend found a new one that already has people lining up to use it – The Mushroom Death Suit. The brainstorm of Jae Rhim Lee, it’s a burial suit that contains mushroom spoors. They will be able to “eat” your body and neutralize its toxins after you’ve been buried. The suit will prevent toxins in the human body from being released into the environment after death and is also intended to help deliver nutrients to plant roots more quickly and efficiently.
The first real user of this suit will be Dennis White, a 63-year-old man suffering from a neurodegenerative disease. He hopes that this will make his death a greener process.
The Infinity Burial suit (the other name for this product) is available in pod form for animal burials as well.
Whether the suit will actually work in practice is yet to be seen…but it’s certainly an interesting idea.
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The Virginia legislature recently amended state burial law to allow cemeteries to provide designated spaces for burying pets in caskets next to their owners.
Prior to passage of the new law, cremated remains of a pet could be buried in the casket with the deceased or the body could be interred in a pet cemetery adjacent to one for humans. An example cited in an article in the Martinsville Bulletin prior to passage of the new law is Noah’s Ark, a pet cemetery, that is adjacent to National Memorial Park Cemetery in Falls Church, VA.
The new measure is intended to help people who think of their pets as family members and who want them buried with them. The law specifies that pets and owners cannot share the same grave, crypt or niche and the pet section of the cemetery has to be clearly marked.
Now that the measure has passed, a couple can buy three adjacent plots – one for each of them and the one in the center for their beloved pet.
A few years ago, the New York legislature passed a law allowing humans to be buried in pet cemeteries along with their pets. However, pets still cannot be buried in cemeteries intended for humans.
Burial of a pet with its owner after death is a topic that has spurred a lot of discussion and emotions but very few states up to now have tried to deal with this issue.
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Until the end of the 19th century, when someone died, it was the norm to keep the body at home where the family would take care of the deceased loved one until his or her burial. But as the funeral home industry grew, the number of at-home funerals declined and didn’t regain popularity until about ten years ago.
A story from WBUR, Boston’s NPR station, discusses the recent interest in this type of funeral and cites several examples of families who have chosen to have a more natural, custom ceremony conducted in their own home.
Some people with whom I spoke said they would like this type of treatment when they died but they didn’t think it was legal. In fact, in all but nine states, it is definitely legal. Massachusetts even offers clear instructions for home funerals on its website, including what you need for a death certificate, guidance on burials and preparing the body.
If this type of funeral is of interest to you, there are many sources for information. One is the National Home Funeral Alliance, which has about 300 members around the country. Another source is our website, www.diesmart.com.