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Ashes travel the world
Although we all agree that we 'd better not do this collectively, we can only be massively charmed by so much inventiveness Norman MacDonald stumbled upon when he found Gary Dupuis' ashes. ​Plans are underway to fulfil the wishes of the late Gary Robert Dupuis after the mystery man's ashes washed up on...
When interment becomes a comforting, velvet gesture …
when silence suddenly stops whispering and many beautiful things remain unsaid … then there rests boundless beauty in one comforting, velvet geste      
right down the line (Gerry Rafferty)
We cannot say it any more beautifully than Aristotle already did: "True love is a single soul inhabiting two bodies."   The friendship between two souls proceeds in a clear line. Spoken and unspoken. Therefore, we recognize soulmates immediately. Although death – as the ultimate rite of passage –radically...
The Grieving Parents (Käthe Kollwitz)
Although sculptress Käthe Kollwitz started these 'Grieving Parents' shortly after the death of her son Peter, it took another 18 years to complete her "parent's grief". Out of 2 hard granite blocks, 2 soft mother's hands chiselled 2 parents who are marked by eternal grief and horror and whose son would never return....
illum urns participates in the first edition of the Belgium Art Design event in Ghent or, in short, the BAD-event
illum urns participates in the first edition of the Belgium Art Design event in Ghent or, in short, the BAD-event   http://belgiumartdesign.be/whos-bad/illum/  
Are you prepared for mourning?
In practice, we find that the illum urn is very often ordered in life by the couple. This offers a comforting prospect for both partners and relieves relatives from emotional worries. Grief is the response to the loss of a loved one. You mourn through your thoughts, your feelings, your body and your actions. Everyone...
Die Gedanken sind frei
This duo tomb from the nineteenth century in Roermond shows what the great power of love can do, despite social pressure and different religious beliefs. It also demonstrates the alternative face of faith, these lovers shared joys and sorrows, had children and lived a long and happy life. In spite of the ban to be...
What a lovely way to go
Laura and Howard have been married 73 years. In this video Howard is 92 and Laura is 93. Laura (Grandma) is at a hospice facility making peace with her final days. I was lucky enough to capture this precious, heart-melting moment between the two of them. Howard (Grandpa) is singing to her their love song, the song...
illum urns - holding hands
I Lived & Loved U & Me ... But in art, illumination stands for the use of light and shadow : which - in our interpretation - equals presence and absence. Of course, we cannot get around illumination as the doctrine according to which the process of human thought is aided by divine grace....