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End of Life

Cremation Urns Express Personality of User

Caring for Parents TogetherCremation Vessels That ‘Speak’ to You and Help on Your Grief Journey

By Irina Jordan, Founder and Owner of Artisurn – online marketplace of handcrafted cremation urns, jewelry and keepsakes.


Handcrafted memorial vessels have personalities, just like people. Cremation urns can be serious, playful, elegant, exuberant and much more. Memorial artisans pour their heart and soul into their pieces – and it shows. Artisurn.com is an ode to loved ones and it was founded on the premise that everyone deserves lovingly handcrafted cremation urns. People can celebrate the life of a loved one or beloved pet by finding a perfect one-of-a-kind memorial vessel they can proudly display in their homes or wear close to their hearts.

Your choices are not limited to urns. You can have the ashes fused with glass to create unique glass jewelry and keepsakes. You can pour a tiny amount of ashes into an urn pendant and keep it close. You can also preserve your loved one’s or beloved pet’s hair thanks to the Mourning Modern Memorial Hair Jewelry Pick memorial pieces that ‘speak’ to you and you and your family will treasure them forever as family heirlooms.

The urns can be made from a variety of materials: biodegradable, bronze, copper, glass, clay (ceramic and Raku) and wood (including segmented urns).

Cremation urns are measured in cubic inches. The general rule of thumb is for every pound of the person’s total weight you will need one cubic inch of space. So if a person weighed 150 pounds, you will need an urn that is 150 cubic inches or larger.

Handcrafted cremation urns are pieces of art. The urn you pick will tell stories for generations to come about your loved one or beloved pet whose ashes are inside.

If you have any questions, please visit Artisurn.com ‘s Memorial Chronicles blog. It has a variety of resources on loss, grief, artisan urns and advance planning. You can also email Irina directly at irina@artisurn.com or by going to www.artisurn.com.



Irina is a Caring for Parents TogetherFounder and Owner of ARTISURN (www.artisurn.com), online marketplace of handcrafted cremation urns, jewelry and keepsakes made by talented artisans. ARTISURN’s name is a combination of ‘artisan’ and ‘urn’ to highlight the one-of-a-kind quality of its cremation urns, jewelry and keepsakes.  Irina founded it on the premise that everyone deserves a lovingly handmade final resting vessel. People can celebrate the life of a loved one or beloved pet by finding a unique cremation piece that they can proudly display in their homes or wear close to their heart.

Blueprint for Care Workbook

Caring for Parents Together

Caring for Parents Together


  Blueprint for Care Workbook

         Offers a guide to having conversations with your parent that are often fraught with emotion.  The parent can fill out the booklet at their leisure eliminating the angst.  It allows you, the caregiver, to collect the information you don’t even know you will need yet and removes the possibility that they might not be able to give you the information.

This booklet offers you the ‘no-sweat’ information and peace of mind that you will be ready when the time comes.

What type of information is included in the booklet?

              • private medical history
              • medication list
              • current diagnosis
              • previous surgeries
              • doctors they have visited
              • support team and communication plan
              • what they want at end of life
              • items they may want to give to specific people
              • info to write an obituary
              • list of people they want notified
              • what type of funeral arrangements and service they want
              • wisdom they want to impart
              • list of who to contact when they die

This is the best $9.95 you can spend!  It is not limited to older adults.  Everyone should fill one out!

Filial Laws Pose a Thorny Problem for Children of Aging Parents

Does your state have filial laws on the books?  Twenty-nine states do have filial law.  What is it?  It is a law that say that spouse or children of parents  or even grandparents may be required to pay for their care.  In this environment of states scrambling to pay increasing care costs due to people living longer, they may be looking to families to carry more of the financial burden.  Here are some of the states that do have filial law on the books:  Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Puerto Rico.


Some states that do not have laws on the books will not honor states who try to collect from someone in their state.  Some of the laws indicate that it is limited to support and burial; other name spouses, children and grandparents so it is important that you look into the laws in your particular state to see how they are interpreted. Most states are not enforcing them but that may change.

What is an Advance Directive?

Advance Directives direct medical treatment when you are impaired

An Advance Directive or Living Will is a legal document in which you tell medical professionals what treatments you want or do not want given to you in the event that you are incapacitated and need treatment.  This document should be filled out by anyone over 18 years of age.  It takes effect if you are in a near death experience where withholding treatment could cause your death.  If there is an accident, parents cannot advocate for a child over 18 years and a wife or husband cannot advocate for their spouse without it.  An attorney can fill it out for you and on National Health Care Decisions Day each year, many attorneys volunteer their time to help you fill one out. Continue reading


Guardianship provides for an elder who can no longer take care of themself

Guardianship is a legal term used to denote a person who is taking care of the personal concerns of an individual in the event that they become incapacitated.  A guardian may be appointed by the individual while they have capacity in the form of a legal document often called a Healthcare Proxy or Healthcare Power of Attorney.  Secondly, the individual may give an institution, such as a bank trust department or an attorney, the authority to handle personal and financial matters upon their incapacity.  Thirdly, if no one has been appointed, the court will appoint a guardian.  Each state has different rules about how guardianship is handled.  Guardians are required to account for every penny spent on behalf of the individual to the courts annually. Continue reading

What is End of Life Planning?

End of Life Planning saves taxes, court fees and directs care

End of Life Planning involves a number of documents that deal with what happens to you and your estate when you die.

  • Wills and Trusts
  • Power of Attorney
  • Living Will or Advance Directive
  • Advance Funeral Plan
  • Ethical Will Continue reading

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