Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Living Urns

I've been thinking about what to do with ashes, trying to think outside the urn. Currently I'm knitting a new urn cozy to replace an earlier version (I'm still low on the knitting learning curve.) What else can be done with them? How can ashes be used in a way that's beneficial?

For one thing, ashes are rich in phosphorous, which helps plants grow. So what about a Living Urn? A little terrarium globe like this one from Doodle Bird Designs could make a lovely and discreet home for a small amount of a loved one's ashes. I know this may be a little odd, but the idea grows on me (no pun intended!)


Caitlin said...

I love these! They are just adorable! It's great that you can actually grow something out of someone's ashes instead of them just sitting stagnant, taking up space.

t said...

you can mix them into concrete and make a garden stone--a memorial like no other!
Have you heard about making them into diamonds? Look at LifeGems.

Six of Us said...

I want to be frozen, shattered, and used as compost for a weeping willow, but my husband isn't a fan of that idea. Maybe he'd like this a bit more. It's so pretty. My kids could each have a bit of me as well.