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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Creative Cremains - Now You Can Go Out In Style

Tired of the same old way to store a loved one's cremated remains? Well look no further. Creative Cremains, located in San Francisco, California, is a company co-owned by David Riccomi and Rena Fregosi. They have at their disposal a network of local artists and can commission an urn that captures the spirit of the deceased. The artists work in a variety of media: Ceramics, Clay Urns, Sculptures, Stained Glass, Memorial Plaques, Bronze Portrait Busts just about anything you could imagine.

They can also alter just about anything to hold ashen remains, from knickknacks to sporting goods. Some examples of modification of existing objects are collectibles, sports equipment, jewelry, books, statues, musical instruments, walking sticks, fishing rods and picture frames.

Co-Owner David Riccomi says, when he dies, he wants his ashes encased in fishing rods that will be distributed to family and friends. Then, long after he's gone, he says, he'll still be able to go fishing.

Because the business won't be scattering remains, it doesn't require state licensing. Riccomi and Fregosi say, however, that they have established strict guidelines in an effort to reassure customers they will handle the remains carefully and with respect.

The very best part of all is the very affordable prices. The minimum cost of converting a memento into an urn is $150. Prices for custom-designed urns vary substantially, but usually start at about $2,000. You can find about the same price range for standard urns sold through funeral homes. The only limits at this place are your imagination and finances.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

My Exceptional Find

During Victorian Times is was popular to make jewelry from a deceased loved one's hair. The bracelet below was made by tightly weaving the hair into this intricate design.

Here in the 21st century, there is a new way to have jewelry made from your deceased loved one.

LifeGem®. Forever. Like the memory of a loved one, a diamond lasts forever.

The LifeGem® is a certified, high-quality diamond created from the carbon of your loved one as a memorial to their unique life, or as a symbol of your personal and precious bond with another.

Their patented technology is designed to capture almost all of the available carbon in an 8 oz. portion of existing cremated remains. The carbon is then heated to extremely high temperatures under special conditions. While this process removes the existing ash it converts the carbon to an extemely pure level of graphite. The graphite is then placed into a diamond press which replicates how a diamond is naturally formed. The more time in the press, the larger the rough diamond crystal. Then the diamond cutters facet the stone according to your specifications.

Let me tell you something, this is definitely not for those who are on a budget. For a stone with a carat size of .20 to .29 it will run you about $3500. The prices go up according to the carat size with the largest being .90 to .99. This has a price tag of $19,999.00. The setting is extra.

But as the song goes.."Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend"

Written for the Graveyard Rabbit Carnival

Photo of hair bracelet courtesy of Musee McCord Museum, Montreal, Quebec

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Wabbit Wheelie !

Aw Jeez, I KNOW it's not a cemetery or headstone. But it sure is funnier than hell don't ya think?

Sunday, February 8, 2009

All Dogs Do Go To Heaven

And cats and even horses according to Sacramento Pet Cemetery and Crematory which is located just outside Sacramento, California. Family owned and operated they are a full service, one stop shop. They offer a wide variety of services and products.

Transportation - You may bring your pet directly to them during our regular business hours or they can pick up your pet from the veterinarian or from your home.

Cremations are offered with individual choices. Prices vary according to the size of the pet. Cremains will be returned to the owner or may be interred in special areas of the cemetery. (crematory on premises)

Pre-need (Pre-arrangement) - This future protection ensures that the best decision is made for your devoted companion. Pre-need arrangements also allow you to secure multiple plots together for all of your pets. The choice of interment or cremation as well as the selection of memorial, casket and/or cremation urn can be made in a relaxed atmosphere.

Endowment Care - They are a deeded and dedicated pet cemetery, a special endowment care fund has been set up for continued maintenance

Horse Burials - They have a special section for horses.

Country Garden Burial - This burial option offers a natural setting at a reduced cost. The individual gravesites are unmarked, however, markers for these pets will be placed on the central memorial plaque

Tombstones come in either

granite ( shown above)

or engraved river rock

(shown below)

Monday, February 2, 2009

A "New-To-Me" Cemetery Website

Greetings Rabbits! I have come across a website that is new to me and may be of interest to you. It covers the State of North Carolina and is called "Cemetery Census." Here is a description from from website:

"Cemetery Census is a strictly volunteer effort to record the burials in local family, religious and municipal cemeteries. We are not associated with any government agency, religious affiliation or commercial cemetery entity. This is strictly a labor of love by the many volunteers who collect, record, photograph and make available these valuable resources.
Allen Dew is the originator and driving force behind Cemetery Census. Allen started collecting cemetery records from several sources in 1995 and 1996. A few years later, Allen published these records on the Internet. The collection has grown to include several counties in central North Carolina.
Plans and capabilities have been put into place to expand the collection to other counties and states in the surrounding area. Partnerships have been established with Historical Associations and Genealogical Societies to import and display their cemetery information."

It also has a section that explains and defines cemetery law in North Carolina. This is a wonderful project completely done by volunteers. Take a few minutes and check it out.