Natural Wood Urns Are Elegant and Modern

cbw_darkwoodUrns don’t have to be marble or old-fashioned.  These wood urns are made from natural hardwoods and are elegant and down-to-earth.  Bring a little bit of nature into your home.

The artist who made these new wood urns was a building contractor, who followed his passion and now makes urns as well as decorative boxes, shelves, and bottles using rare and beautiful types of wood.

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A Creative Idea for a Celebration of Life

guitar_funeral_ideaIf your loved one played a musical instrument, consider having friends and family write their sentiments on their favorite instrument. Just provide a Sharpie marker. The instrument then becomes a treasured keepsake. You could also use a drum, violin, bass or any other musical instrument.

The Celebration of Bill Canning’s Well-Lived Life

Bill Canning happy outdoors with his best buddy.

Bill Canning happy outdoors with his best buddy.

Now and then we are fortunate enough to come across people who have “The Ripple Effect”.

The Ripple Effect:  Putting your energy into others by generously sharing your passions and beliefs.  Your positive effect on others can be followed outwards, incrementally influencing and changing people’s lives.

One such person was Bill Canning, aka “Wild Bill”.  Bill Canning passed after living 82 wonderful years.  Bill was my friend Candra’s father.  Candra always talked about the fabulous relationship she had with her father and when I saw them together I could see in their fun banter how much they loved each other.

When I was invited to his celebration of life and saw the location was a winery in Northern California, I knew this wasn’t going to be just another funeral. Another hint: we were instructed to wear cowboy attire since Bill was a cattle rancher and almond farmer. Continue reading

Five Uplifting Funeral Songs that Turn a Funeral into a Celebration of Life

The following songs have uplifting lyrics that may relate to the life that your loved one led.

 1. One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey Featuring Boyz II Men

This song  uplifts the spirit with a chorus of  “and I know eventually we’ll be together, one sweet day.” This may bring some peace as family and friends grieve. Continue reading

Mary Hickey- Found a niche and filled it

Thinking of shedding a stable career to dive head first into a new challenge? Get some advice from other women who launched their own companies and have never been happier. Click to read how we started Renaissance Urn company and http://www.nextgenmemorials.com. I hope I can inspire you to follow your dreams. You’ll see it’s not always an easy road but one certainly worth taking. Thanks Amanda Orr for writing Career 2.0, it was wonderful to connect with you again.  Career 2.0 Mary Hickey