Used to be a company, somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. For a fee,
they'd load your ashes in a muzzloading cannon. and shoot them out over
the mountainside. I always thought that would be rather neat.
Apparently they're out of business, because none of my searches lately
have found them. Ah well.
If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your
pocket and then giving Fido only two of them.
- Phil Pastoret
firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Lane) wrote in
Is there a wood that means something to you, or to your friend? Use that,
if you can.
I built the container for my mother's ashes from California Black Oak, with
veneered top & bottom interior of curly Black Walnut, and sides lined with
vertical grained Douglas Fir, all native woods from the areas our family
has lived for generations.
/personal opinion #1
The trappings of the end-of-this-life ceremonies are personal, and of
importance in the planning, and the assurances that friends and family
care, and respect the wishes of the departing.
/personal opinion #2
Most of us have an eccentric friend or three. Some of us are that
eccentric friend. It is a blessing either way.
/personal opinion #3
Talk to the funeral director ahead of time, and see what they recommend.
Most will help you understand what is required. Whatever you do, they and
their staff will have to work with your 'product'.
And the longer you have to plan, prepare and work, the less stress this
will cause. And knowing that this is taken care of may make things easier
for your friend.
God bless your efforts on behalf of your friend.
My Cousin was a cowboy/rancher here in Texas and his casket was made of
Native Cedar, rope handles and lariat with cactus flowers, tied up with bob
wire, as center piece. His favorite Horse tied at the entrance to the
cemetery as the cortege passed ... not something I'll forget for the rest
of my life. His Pall Bearers and best friends in Jeans, White long sleeve
shirts, and their best felt hats (appropriately gray of course). There are
several places here in Texas that do that sort of thing, but most any mill
can turn out a respectable casket. His wife did for him what he wouldn't
have done for himself.
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