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Nkthompson42

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01-09-2017 10:27 PM

I recently had the opertunity / misfortune of visiting arlington national cemetery, 1. I had never been to Arlington national cemetery before so it was interisting 2. It was for a funeral.
So the Fiaskow….. The family had had their passed family member cremated, what no one realized was that most funeral homes / crematorium’s send the remains to arlington national cemetery in a clear plastic bag, it’s basically a thick trash-bag. OMG REALLY??? the family had no idea, they thought as do most people out there that the funeral homes / crematorium’s would atleast put the remains in a plastic sealed box, NO!!! So the family’s find that not only have they lost a loved one but at the funeral they suddenly have to find some kind of container for the remains. It was horrible,
i had time to run to a local Walmart and after searching and searching I found a decent wooden toolbox, i decided to pick up a couple to leave with the arlington national cemetery administrator / director so if this happen again soon there would not be a fiascow. I did have the fortune to run into the walmart manager as I was checking out and when I explained the situation he gave me two more toolboxes to give to Arlington cemetary.
Once I got back everything ran alot smoother and the family was really greatful.

What amazes me is that the funeral homes and crematoriums KNOW that the remains are going to arlington cemetary and they are vets, they could atleast put the remains in a simple plastic container, for what they charge it’s the least they could do.

So if there are any makers / woodworkers out there looking for quick and easy yet very satisfying projects,
They would be greatly appreciated the address is
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Va 22211

I myself plan on making several soon to drop off next time I’m up that way.


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Bill White

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#1 posted 01-09-2017 10:33 PM

What dimensions are ya gonna use?
Bill

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#2 posted 01-09-2017 10:40 PM

Having received the remains of several family members over the years to scatter in the Florida Bay, I have never received them in anything other than a plastic bag. I imagine it’s a pretty standard practice.

Sorry for your loss though… pass along condolences.

Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#3 posted 01-10-2017 01:24 AM

Our funeral home put my mom and dad’s ashes into hard plastic boxes, I had no idea that anything like that went on.

I think I will have to make a couple of boxes for my wife and I and make sure out girls know where to find them if they need them.

Sorry for your loss and props for assisting.

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#4 posted 01-10-2017 05:38 PM

My local Woodworking club makes urns for the remains of cremated vets. I don’t know the details because they crank out more than the cemetery can use so I don’t participate but I can try to get details if anyone is interested. I know there are size restrictions. I think it’s surprising the various veterans organizations haven’t taken a lead on making sure they all get urns.

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#5 posted 01-10-2017 10:14 PM

I am shocked! I am a retired career USAF veteran and also plan to be cremated, though I wish my ashes scattered, not interred at Arlington. I guess it is due to naivety. I only know of one friend that was cremated, and have not had the responsibility of making arrangements for anyone.
I will do my best to bring this to the attention of veteran’s organizations, family and friends.
I don’t turn, or have the tools to turn urns, but I could make finger joint boxes for Veterans. Looks like I’ll be making one for me.
Chuck

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#6 posted 01-11-2017 12:08 AM

I looked into it a little bit and there are already organizations that make free urns available to veterans, you just have to ask. But then you have to know to ask. Also some crematoriums return the ashes in a plastic bag, others use a plastic box. I guess a lot of people scatter the ashes so there is no point to a fancy container.

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#7 posted 01-11-2017 12:56 AM

When my Dad passed unexpectedly a few years ago while vacationing out of state, we chose cremation as the best option to get his remains home. Our local funeral director filled us in on how the ashes would be shipped; plastic bag in cardboard box packed in cardboard shipping box.
The plain wooden, metal, and plastic boxes we were offered to purchase just didn’t seem to sit well with me. So I went to the woodshop and remembered the last time Dad and I spent working together on a project while I built a box especially for him. It was good therapy. I also built a carrier that my 3 brothers and I could carry the urn on during the funeral service.

While my Dad was not a veteran, I decided to look into making them for local veteran groups and found they were already covered.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#8 posted 01-11-2017 02:26 AM



What dimensions are ya gonna use?
Bill

- Bill White


Im thinking 7×7x11. Inside dimentions. That should hold the standard and larger amounts of remains.

Thanks for the question

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#9 posted 01-11-2017 02:27 AM

Thank you,


Having received the remains of several family members over the years to scatter in the Florida Bay, I have never received them in anything other than a plastic bag. I imagine it s a pretty standard practice.

Sorry for your loss though… pass along condolences.

Brad

- MrUnix


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#10 posted 01-11-2017 02:29 AM

The funeral home I have talked to in my area were surprised also, they proved simple plastic boxes and the family can get something nicer if they can afford it. Thank you


Our funeral home put my mom and dad s ashes into hard plastic boxes, I had no idea that anything like that went on.

I think I will have to make a couple of boxes for my wife and I and make sure out girls know where to find them if they need them.

Sorry for your loss and props for assisting.

- OldBuckeye


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Nkthompson42

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#11 posted 01-11-2017 02:31 AM

THANK YOU, i spoke to the director, I beleive thats her position but she said it happens all the time .


My local Woodworking club makes urns for the remains of cremated vets. I don t know the details because they crank out more than the cemetery can use so I don t participate but I can try to get details if anyone is interested. I know there are size restrictions. I think it s surprising the various veterans organizations haven t taken a lead on making sure they all get urns.

- Rick M


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#12 posted 01-11-2017 02:34 AM

Thank you and thank you for your service, 6 years Navy here.


I am shocked! I am a retired career USAF veteran and also plan to be cremated, though I wish my ashes scattered, not interred at Arlington. I guess it is due to naivety. I only know of one friend that was cremated, and have not had the responsibility of making arrangements for anyone.
I will do my best to bring this to the attention of veteran s organizations, family and friends.
I don t turn, or have the tools to turn urns, but I could make finger joint boxes for Veterans. Looks like I ll be making one for me.
Chuck

- Chucketn


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Nkthompson42

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#13 posted 01-11-2017 02:36 AM

Yes thats what I found also, but like you said you have to know to ask and if you believe that the remains will be sent in a basic box you dont worry about it as you have so many other things to go thru Thank you


I looked into it a little bit and there are already organizations that make free urns available to veterans, you just have to ask. But then you have to know to ask. Also some crematoriums return the ashes in a plastic bag, others use a plastic box. I guess a lot of people scatter the ashes so there is no point to a fancy container.

- Rick M


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#14 posted 01-11-2017 02:38 AM

Thank you, and very nice.


When my Dad passed unexpectedly a few years ago while vacationing out of state, we chose cremation as the best option to get his remains home. Our local funeral director filled us in on how the ashes would be shipped; plastic bag in cardboard box packed in cardboard shipping box.
The plain wooden, metal, and plastic boxes we were offered to purchase just didn t seem to sit well with me. So I went to the woodshop and remembered the last time Dad and I spent working together on a project while I built a box especially for him. It was good therapy. I also built a carrier that my 3 brothers and I could carry the urn on during the funeral service.

While my Dad was not a veteran, I decided to look into making them for local veteran groups and found they were already covered.

- cracknpop


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