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.

theresa 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.