The theme of memorialization came up a lot at the recent Cremation Association of North America (CANA) convention. A vast majority of people scatter ashes, but about a third of the population choose burial for cremated remains. And there were many innovations displayed at the expo to support permanent placement of cremated remains.
Batesville introduced the new Vanderbur Cultured Marble urn vault, which can be placed above ground or buried. It can be buried above an existing casket in a full body burial plot. The top may be engraved with a name and dates, or a personalized bronze plate can be attached.
The remains are placed inside, still contained in a plastic bag. A strong bonding agent glues the two pieces together, providing a secure seal.
This urn vault can be used in a cemetery or at home. A homeowner can keep a loved one’s cremated remains in it either indoors or place it outside in a garden. In this video, Kris Reynolds with Batesville shows the Vanderbur’s features and benefits.
Batesville also provides an educational website, www.MeaningfulFunerals.com. It’s a site where families can go for answers to serious questions such as: Why have a funeral? What makes a funeral meaningful? What is the role of the funeral home? In addition to guiding families on how to plan a meaningful funeral experience, it also offers resources, FAQs, personal stories and helpful videos.
Video recorded at the 2015 Cremation Association of North America (CANA) convention and expo in San Diego, CA by Gail Rubin, CT. Gail is a Death Educator and funeral industry journalist, as well as The Doyenne of Death®, host and author of A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die.