Our stories - Glass memorials for urns – burial after cremation

We offer the creation of urn memorials for individual or family commemoration. Headstones for urns were made in collaboration with our partners in Japan. Cremation is the primary form of burial in Japan. A single memorial is dedicated for the honour of the whole family and urns are added by lifting the front cover. Names of the deceased are engraved on the plate at the foot of the gravestone. Email us for inquiries info@glasstone.eu

Cremation is a process during which the body of the deceased decomposes to its basic elements – chemical compounds such as gas, ash and minerals that have a dry bone appearance – by the process of combustion, evaporation and oxidation. More and more people all over the world are choosing cremation. However, a common issue after cremation is the question of what to do with the urn containing the ashes of the beloved one. There are various options and everyone can choose at their own will.

Scattering the ashes

Some people choose to scatter the ashes in a place that they know was important to the deceased beloved one. Such farewell is based on the belief that the memory will be held in the hearts of those who knew and loved the deceased one. This method does not ascribe commemoration to a specific memorial site and does not impose any burden of maintaining the site on anyone. However, if this step isn’t properly thought through, one risks depriving the opportunity for future generations to recognise and honour their roots, their family. If you make this step ill-considered, there is a risk of wiping out the name of your beloved one forever.

Keeping the urn at home

Another method, similar, but, with keeping the physical urn and ash, is placing the urn at home e.g. on a mantelpiece. In this case, the feelings of the inhabitants need to be considered, when making the arrangement of the urn at home. Some people might become very emotional, especially during the first years after farewell. Another factor to consider is the wishes of other relatives or close people to commemorate and honour the deceased.

Keeping the urn at home

Another method, similar, but, with keeping the physical urn and ash, is placing the urn at home e.g. on a mantelpiece. In this case, the feelings of the inhabitants need to be considered, when making the arrangement of the urn at home. Some people might become very emotional, especially during the first years after farewell. Another factor to consider is the wishes of other relatives or close people to commemorate and honour the deceased.

With this in mind, we have created a sculpture for a cremation urn that stands as an artwork in which the urn is placed inside. The urn sculpture can be exhibited in the garden or indoors. It will aesthetically decorate the environment and be a beautiful memorial for the beloved one, but without the cemetery feel. The urn will be only slightly visible through the glass sculpture.

Placing the urn in a columbarium

A columbarium is a collective memorial site, often within a cemetery, where urns are stored. A contract for a niche for an urn is usually signed for around 20 years or more, depending on the country and state. After this period it has to be re-signed or the place is given to another leaser. This method is similar to the traditional system of cemeteries or gravesites but is more suitable for people who prefer cremation over burial in a coffin. It also takes up less environmental space.

The first columbarium in Riga was created more than a year ago in the territory of the historic Riga Forest Cemetery. This columbarium also has a close connection with Glasstone, as our founder, glass sculptor Ernest Vitin consulted the construction of the central layered glass piece.

Burial of the urn with a custom headstone

From our partners in Japan, we have learned that their traditions are the same as ours. The only difference being that instead of burying coffins, they bury urns and commemorate many generations of the deceased family members in a single site. Memorials for storing urns are a beautiful solution that allows the preservation of gravesite commemoration traditions while taking the growing preference for cremation into account and reducing the size of the space necessary for a single grave site. But most importantly, the commemoration of the whole family in one place makes it easier for the next generations to maintain the grave site while building self-confidence through the awareness of their roots.

E-mail us info@glasstone.eu for information on creating an urn memorial or glass sculpture for an urn!