Not Made in China

Wood Turning on the latheDeciding on how to rest cremains of your loved one is one of the most revered offerings you can do to honor someone special.

Do you know that most of the urns offered on line and sold by funeral homes are made on an assembly line in China or India?   Though some are very pretty, there is really nothing “special” about them.

Appalachia Urns encourages buyers to purchase and support hand-crafted, American made products, where much skill and care goes into the “sacred art of urn making”.  One of a kind urns are as unique as the individual you are memorializing.

You can’t get much more American hand-crafted than an Appalachia Urns.  Each piece is created by wood-turning artist Robert Woods at his workshop, in an old Appalachian tobacco barn.  From cutting a felled tree into manageable sizes, to turning/creating the urn on a wood lathe to the fine finish, these one of a kind, signed originals are a beautiful way to celebrate your beloved and crafted with the utmost care.

If you are in the market for an urn, we hope you will look at some of the hand crafted options that are available through various artists.


Why Choose Cremation Over a Traditional Burial?

Cremation is becoming a more popular option for many people. The reasons are varied, but here are a few benefits:

  • The thought of spending eternity in a sentimental location is more preferential than a cemetery burial.  This could include a special place such as a yard at home, or a place where many happy times have been spent, or a mountain or lake location.
  • Cremation provides for a compact size of the remains. Urns come in many different styles and can be designed for in the home or in the garden, on the mantle or the gazebo.
  • Cremation is less expensive than traditional burial. Depending on what part of the country you live in, cremation averages about a third of the cost of a traditional funeral with embalmed body and casket.
  • Cremation is much friendlier to the environment especially without the chemicals that are used in embalming. You can also purchase urns that are made from recycled materials such as wood.

For many years cremation was not considered appropriate disposal of  human remains by certain religious institutions. Many religious views have changed and the number of cremations has increased.

Choosing cremation is a very personal decision, and making an educated decision is available with pre-planning and education.

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