Hearts, The Symbol Of Love

hearts the symbol of love

Updated: August 18, 2019

For as long as just about anyone can remember, the heart has long been seen as the sign of true love and friendship – whether it’s going back to things like Valentine’s Day or going beyond that, you’ll find that men and women from across the world will celebrate their love for things with the love heart symbol. Even today when you look around, people express their love with gifts of heart jewelry, heart shaped chocolates on Valentines day, heart urns are popular as a way of commemorating those who have passed on that we had a deep and lasting love for. Even heart shaped emojis are used to let someone know you love them.

But what does this all mean? Why is the heart the shape of our affections and love for other people?

The history behind this goes beyond most generations, so far back indeed that nobody can tell you a specific starting date. What is known is that the main theories put it at some point in the 7th century, BC. The came from the fact that a state-city known as Cyrene was using a heart-shaped plant known as the silphium plant as a form of birth control.

Eventually, this became such an important part of the local community that small coins were made to commemorate this fact – they took on the shape of a heart, just like the plant.

hearts love's symbolHowever, this is not the only contending theory as to why things like heart shapes and heart urns exist today.
A wide range of objects on this planet take on the shape of a heart, including many theories that put the creation of these heart symbols to do with the shape of certain leaves. Leaves have always been used in painting and in art across the Middle Ages until today, and this has illustrated an incredible, romantic love between both man and woman – the leaf has always had a strong spiritual context as much as anything else.

Other civilizations that were prominent in shaping the world of their time, such as Ancient Egypt, held a strong reverence for the heart shape and believed that the heart was the epitome of morality. The Greeks believed that it stood for thoughts and emotions. The range of ideas and theories as to why this occurred is a long and complex process, and tends to be something that most people do not understand – it’s believed that the heart and its connection with love comes from the fact that our heart will skip a beat, or start racing, depending on how we feel about our emotions.

Our love for others is one of the strongest emotional drivers that we have, so it makes perfect sense that this continues to change and to fit with the way that most of us look at what the hart achieves. Whilst we may never know its true origins, it’s safe to say that the heart will always retain this incredible importance within symbols and society.

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Memorializing Your Baby

Lovely Ways to Memorialize Your Baby

baby booties  When the passing of a young baby occurs, the sheer depth and pain of the tragedy can be almost impossible to manage at times. What you have gone through is a deeply traumatizing and hurtful experience, and it’s important that you can find a way to move on in time.
A failure to do so really can leave you feeling unable to cope with life, and with no real path to follow. To avoid this kind of dark path, you should always consider the importance of properly memorializing your baby with baby urns and other similar products.

Having a memento for their life can be a source of strength and inspiration for you later on down the line when you have got back on your feet. Being able to be reminded of their life rather than their passing can be something that keeps you going, rather than something that holds you back. Learning about memorializing your baby, though, is a deeply challenging task especially if the event only recently occurred. However, we recommend trying any of the following;

    • Use decorations and precious mementos to give their grave some extra meaning, and so that you can always know that you have left a fitting gift to their life
    • A special piece of jewelry with the birthstone of the child can be a great way to memorize them and to always have something nearby that you can keep close to you
    • Don’t ever feel that you should never use the name of the child – if you had agreed upon a name, never be afraid to use it
      Submit a little poem about the loss that you have suffered to a pregnancy loss newsletter – it can be a good way to relieve some of that pain and hurt, and share your strength with others who may need it
    • A little piece of artwork, a photograph or décor can be a great way to make your baby urns look more personal. If you don’t like thinking of it as a passing then use a more comforting looking urn to help you stay strong in those tough moments, using the baby urn to celebrate their life rather than mourn the passing
    • Never be afraid to submit a story online about what you have been through – sharing that with others can be an incredible source of strength and help to keep you going in even the toughest of times
  •  Purchase a special candle that fits with the name of the baby, and light that every year on their birthday as a little memento.

Memorializing the ones that we love and what they have been through is especially challenging, but if you are willing to put in the time and the effort to try and see the more positive side of the fact they even lived at all then this can be a brilliant way to keep your memory and your spirit at peace.

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How Much Does A Pet Cremation Cost

 The Cost of Pet Cremation

pet cremation costWhen it comes to the passing of a beloved animal, it can be hard to deal with the consequences and the challenges that this brings. Instead of letting it get you down and leave you feeling horrible, though, it’s better to look forward and to make sure that your pet can receive a fitting send-off.
As hard as it may be to deal with and to put together, the pet cremation service is an important one for saying goodbye. It means that the animal can have a fair passing and this will let you relax and feel a little easier with regards to moving on.

However, the cost of pet cremation is something that you need to consider as there are various charges and costs that come up – not least pet urns. You will need something to store the ashes in so you need to think about getting a quality, fitting piece of equipment to put the ashes in so that your beloved pet can get the rest that it needs.

When looking at the various charges involved in pet cremation, you should try and consider all of the following as potential charges that may come up;

  • You’ll find that the cost of the actual service can be anything from $55-100 for smaller animals. Larger animals like a dog or a cat can be $100-$150 and pet cremation for larger dogs of 50-120+ pounds being anything from $150-$150
  • However, the service should include a service that will be on-call and working to your needs and whims. They should be able to pick up the pet and take it to the cremation facility. Then, the pet will be specifically tagged and placed in a special kind of furnace.
  • You might also find, though, that the cost of pet cremation can include a charge of $45 when picking up the ashes. Also, you can usually pay an additional fee on top to get a chance to view the process take place if you would feel comfortable doing so.
  • An engraved name plate for your pet urns that you decide to get can cost you anything from $10-$25 depending on where you go.

Add all of this together, and you can find that the cost of pet cremation, pet urns and the services involved with holding a service – if you so choose – can be something to think about. However, if you ask around you enough and you work with a cremation service that is communal and the ashes are scattered on the site along with other animals, you can find that there is a change to get discounts of as much as 50%.
Look around and make your decision, as the costs can be quite challenging to work with if you do not expect to be paying much – the cost of pet cremation, however, is very fair and can be an excellent way to send your pet off.

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The History of Urns for Ashes

The History of Using Urns for Ashes

 

For as long as most of us have been alive, urns for ashes have been something we are are familiar with, even if not commonplace in the U.S. until recently – it almost feels as if it’s been going on so long that it’s always been around. However, there was a time when cremations and ash urns were not around. Although there is no definitive answer as to when urns for ashes started being used, it can usually be attributed back to some time in the early Stone Ages. Most estimate that urns for ashes started to become a thing around 3000 B.C. and the vast majority of clues point to it coming from Europe, or maybe even the Near East.

It quickly started to spread from its heritage across North Europe, though, and within a short period of time there was a significant amount of pottery urns made with simple decoration. In Russian and Slavic ruins and old locations, many urns  from generations long past have been found – whilst the decorations started out rather basic due to a lack of any good tools to work with at the time, this soon changed.

By the time that the Bronze Age came around, cremation was now a big part of many parts of Europe such as the British Isles and many parts of the Iberian Peninsula. The growing use of cremation meant that more detailed and more varied urns started to appear, as urns for ashes quickly started to become a thing.

The Grecians were one of the first groups to use it as a custom, though, and it became a very dominant part of their existence – and end – in the Mycenaean Age. The country was involved n serious battles, and it was believed that cremating bodies instead of letting them build up and rot would cause a better long-term level of living for residents. Given the prominence of plague and the like during these eras, it’s very easy to see why cremation started to become more popular.

urn for ashes

The Romans, though, made a massive impact on cremation as they widely used it and made it a significant part of their culture for burial. However, it was widely disliked by early Christians who deemed to it to be Pagan in origin and the Jewish also disliked the style as they preferred the more traditional sepulcher burials instead.

By 400 AD, though, the Christianization of the Roman Empire by Constantine made sure that earth burial became a far more prominent part of the process. It also started to replace urns for ashes and they fell out of common fashion for some time. It was not until the last century or so that cremation started to return, as the likes of Prof. Brunetti from Italy started to create a far bigger noise about the benefits of cremation.

This, in turn, restored urns for ashes to the spotlight. By the late 1800s, it was now restored to the British Isles under Queen Victoria and it started to grow in propensity across Europe. Fast forward to today, and cremation and urns for ashes are beginning to become far more popular again by virtue of their unique design style, creating a whole new range of urns as well as seeing crematoriums open up en masse across the globe.

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The History of Mourning Jewelry

A Victorian Tradition Still Popular Today

mourning jewelry

For many people, the passing of a loved one or close friend can be something they would rather avoid talking about or looking at; however, in eras gone by – especially in places like New England – there was a far more open look at death. In fact, mourning jewelry was something that many people would wear as a symbol of the passing of someone that they loved dearly. To have a constant memorial to their loved ones was something that, during the 18th-19th centuries when death was extremely common due to sickness and an environment which was challenging to live in, gave them a glimmer of hope in living with what they had lost.

Rings were without a doubt the most common of the original mourning jewelry that would have been worn, and were paid for using the returns that came back from the individual who had passed on. Created from a simplistic gold band to resplendent designs complete with jewels and stunning diamonds, these rings could vary in style quite dramatically. They were all usually inscribed with the name of the person who had passed on, as well as their age when they died. However, sometimes more writing was etched in there with morbid phrases to remind the wearer that not only have they lost someone, but one day they will be lost too.

Although a rather grim and tragic item on its own, the sentiment behind a mourning jewelry set is something to be appreciated. At their most prominent time and height, they were based around the Rococo aesthetic and were typically made using enameled bands. However, as the 18th century drew to a close and started to see a shift in American beliefs of Republicanism, they moved towards a new style; following a more Neoclassical form of design.
As the 19th century started to head towards the end of its 20th year, there started to be a growing amount o f new jewelry styles apart from rings appearing as favored mourning jewelry. Things like miniatures, pendants, and brooches started to become equally popular in the style and format of the overall era. The brooches in particular are very interesting, and have woven plaits and cut curls or even feathers from the hair of the person who has passed on to make an even more indelible mark on the mourning jewelry itself.

Mourning dress was even affected by this change – for the first year of the death, only black wool was allowed to be worn and eventually small pieces of jewelry would be added as the years passed. Eventually colors started to become more prominent as time passed with tortoiseshell, onyx and various jet and gold pieces of jewelry became popular choices.

Mourning jewelry, however, took a severe hit as fashion started to move away from the morbid style that has followed in the past and went towards something a bit more positive in style – this meant that as the twentieth century came around, many people had long since stopped following the tradition and instead concentrated on other jewelry styles. memorial jewelry

Now we have memorial jewelry and lockets for ashes.Though used for the same purposes, they have are modern look and many times have inspirational messages and or designs that look like any other jewelry. In fact what is very popular today in a modern mourning jewelry are lockets for ashes and other jewelry such as cremation rings and bracelets which allow you to place a tiny portion of ashes in the jewelry. 

Memorial Jewelry

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History of Burial Urns

The History of Burying Cremation Urns

 

burial urn     Although many people might expect that burial urns have been used for a lot longer than they have, the actual ritual and mentality behind these kinds of urns is very much different to what you may have expected in the first place. Having looked into this considerably over the years, we understand the importance of knowing the culture and style behind the products we sell – and this includes the history of burial urns.

Burial urns have a long and proud history, and have been used in various forms of civilization over the years, ranging back as far as 7000BC. These have been found in some of the earliest Jiahu sites that are located in China, as well as places like Shaanxi and Yangshao – of which some of the urns come from the years 5000-3000BC. These various forms of urn make sure that we know just how long these have been used for.

To begin with, burial urns were used for children rather than adults although this changed and adapted depending on the grouping that you are involved with. For example, the old Kings of Bavaria used to keep their hearts in an urn after they died. In terms of the typical cremation urns, though, these were used by the Chinese civilizations noted above as well as a whole host of different Pre-Columbian cultures that have spanned the length of time.

Romans, for example, used to place the urns in large tombs that acted as a place for many souls to rest instead of just individual placing throughout time and history. This makes a massive difference in terms of the way that the burial urns come together, and ensures that large resting places became a common thing. The history of burial urns has changed quite a lot as new discoveries are made; however, as it was found that during the Bronze Age in England the urns were hidden carefully and expertly, as was detailed in Sir Thomas Browne’s compendium – Hydriotaphia or Urn Burial.
In the modern world, the change and growth in the burial urn culture has been quite remarkable. Cremation urns tend to be made in various styles and formats now whereas it was very common to have a template style to pick from back in the day.  burial urns

These unique urns tend to be made from eco-friendly urns, too, making sure that they are going to be suitable for everyone to use for funerals and without leaving any kind of effect on the planet. In fact, some burial urns are now planted with a seed inside to help foster the growth of a tree over time – this helps to symbolize the rebirth of a fallen loved one.

The burial urn, though, has become far more popular than it was at the start of its tenure as a “thing to do”. Now, it simply stands as one of the most effective ways of people looking after the remains of a loved one who has passed on.

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