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02-20-2016 12:53 AM

Our 15 year old granddaughter died yesterday and I’ve offered her parents, our son and daughter in law, to make a container for her ashes. As the parents are divorced I must make two urns. After I get over the heartbreak, I must come up with a design. At this point I am somewhat numb but really want to do this. Any suggestions?? This is my most difficult project to date and I’d appreciate your thoughts.

-- Tom, New London, NH

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#1 posted 02-20-2016 01:03 AM

So, so sorry to hear about this, Tom. There was a recent thread that had some information on urn plans from the NC Woodworker site.

My sincerest condolences.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#2 posted 02-20-2016 01:08 AM

Tom, That is heartbreaking! Our prayers go out to you and the family.

As far as the container, the only experience I have was making one from some wood that had special meaning for the family. It was just a mitered box made from a tree from their yard.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 02-20-2016 01:08 AM

Sorry and my condolences!! Here is a site/link to a son making one carrying on his dads tradition of making them for family members.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#4 posted 02-20-2016 01:41 AM

My condolences Tom. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

-- Sawdust703

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#5 posted 02-20-2016 02:09 AM

Heartbreaking. Be carefull yourself around your saws with this on your mind.

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#6 posted 02-20-2016 02:19 AM

I’m sorry for your family’s loss Tom. Take your time with this. You can use something temporary and transfer later to the final urns. My suggestion is that these two urns or boxes when joined together make a whole in some fashion.


-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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#7 posted 02-24-2016 03:28 AM

I feel your pain Tom, 13 years ago I made a container for my 17 year old daughter, you can see it on my projects page if that’s any help. While building it, I tried to draw on memories and incorporate some of her personality into it. While it was a very difficult and emotional project, I feel good that her final resting place is in a box built with love by her Daddy. I hope the best for you on this heartbreaking task. Jeff

-- JustplaneJeff

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#8 posted 02-24-2016 04:53 AM

I am sorry for your loss Tom. My daughter traveled to the other side of life at the age of 9 after two years of struggle with cancer. I like JustplaneJeff’s idea of incorporating her personality into the box.


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