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Permanent memories in your home

It's permanent. Keep at home, a portion of the ashes in a mini jewelry box urn that holds mementos belonging to your loved one.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine the end-of-life experience?

Our idea of a memento mini urn to hold rings, pins, or a picture for example, is for the family that chooses to scatter the ashes but doesn't yet realize that keeping a portion of them will actually help in the healing process. Seeing the mini urn is a way for them to remember their loved one after the funeral is over. Having tactile objects that belong to a loved one- special treasures rich in memories-serve to help celebrate that person's life and show how much they remain part of your heart.

Granville Urns Carolina Memento Keepsake

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

We have thought about visiting local retirement communities to talk with them about the importance of choosing a memorial urn before they pass away so it will make the process of their passing easier for their family members. We also think providing an educational session on how we make our wood inlaid urns in Italy with tools and materials would be a fun and interesting event to hold for our community.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

We think that any communication with the public directly, especially through social media, to educate and explain the memorial options available will help people to understand the importance of permanent memorialization. We believe people scatter or keep the cremated remains in the closet as they do not know that there are really creative, beautiful, works of art available on the market. And by putting these in a home it actually helps to heal and serves to celebrate their loved one's life.

Tell us about your work experience:

I worked in corporate retail marketing at Gap in San Francisco, and Skechers in Los Angeles. I designed a line of urns with my family so that we can provide special works of art for other families to have in their homes to help remember and celebrate their loved ones. It's called Granville Urns.

This idea emerged from

  • A group brainstorm

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