This past week we’ve had a couple of conversations with members about where to keep the ashes of loved ones if they are not being scattered or kept in a columbarium or cremation niche. Many British Columbians choose basic no-frills cremation and the basic black plastic urn that comes along with it. But some families want a more personal and attractive option than the urns and keepsakes usually on offer from funeral providers, whether it’s for long term or just for display at a celebration of life (when we can do those again). We know of one family who placed the basic urn inside a small, hand-carved, cherry wood case that held a special place in the family’s history. They knew their patriarch would be delighted.

The truth is, you can be as creative as you like with an urn. If you are an art lover, you could introduce something beautiful into your home as a memorial. There are artists who have a special interest in memorial art, for example ceramicist Julian Stair. He’s a British artist who creates bespoke cinerary jars for human ashes, the prices of which reflect his profile as an artist.

How about artists closer to home? Is there one you admire who might take on a commissioned piece? What a lovely way to pay tribute to your dear one as well as supporting our local arts community!