Death is a subject that in this country no one really talks about. We go about our daily life with little thought of how or when it will end. None of us know when that day will come only that one day it will. With most church yards being full the options are becoming limited. When i visit my local cemetery I feel it is impersonal and rather daunting as sometimes I am unable to find my loved ones because the space fills up so fast and never looks the same.
So what options do we have? Green burials are becoming more popular as the idea of being buried in a green space feels more tranquil, serene and back to nature. They provide a sense of space not just to the person that has passed but also to those left behind. I firmly believe that life should be celebrated. Green burials offer a sanctuary to both the living and those that have passed on. A quite place for contemplation, a place that is at one with nature. Barrows are also becoming more popular as an alternative where ashes can be held, often built on a site surrounded by nature and offering a more meaningful and relaxing place.
So what about the vessel that will become either yours or your loved ones final resting place. There is a wealth of generic, impersonal mass produced china or metal urns available but these are often very stark and cold. There are also cardboard ones suitable for burial or for keeping at home.
As a traditional wet felt maker I make wool felt from raw fibres. I bind the fibres together with soap, water and a lot of love and hard work to produce 100% wool felt that can be used in a variety of different ways. A few years ago i was approached and asked whether i could make a felt urn for a family whose father had sadly passed away. I met with the family and listened to their individual stories of this amazing gentleman's life which gave me ideas and a vision of how to produce an urn that not only the family would relate to but also that the gentleman would have been pleased with.
Due to the nature of the product the word "urn" sounds stark and cold, one lady described the urn as a "Cosy hug made with love and thought" something that was "Truly personal". So this is where my "Urn Hugs" were born.
If this is something that I can help you with then please do Contact Me.