"Earth to earth..."
The ancient Hebrew people told stories about the origins of humanity, about how we are one integral part of the vast creation, and, eventually, about what made us different from the other animals. The Hebrew word used to refer to the symbolic first human was "adam" (not a pronoun), and the word "adamah" referred to the earth or soil.
"...then the Lord God formed (adam) from the (adamah) and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life." ~ Genesis 2:7
So to translate "adam" as "earthling" or "dirt-man" would be quite accurate. We are of the same stuff. We are clay.
What makes humans different from all other animals is our ability to make moral choices for the betterment of all of creation. To choose to be "like God" was not a sin, but to take responsibility for creation. As the Hebrew people said, we are but "a little lower than the angels", and stories about Jesus of Nazareth confirmed that God is incarnated in human beings. The question is whether we live a godly life or not.
But life is so exhaustingly difficult in making those loving and responsible decisions for peace and mercy for all creation. Life is full of growth and decay. It takes grit and strength. The stoneware clay I use in my pottery is full of grit and texture, and in most of my pieces I intentionally try to let the rough texture of the clay show. I want my cremation urns to remind us that the "life" these sacred vessels will hold endured the struggles of this world and always remained beautiful.
Most of these urns can be personalized with a name and birth and death dates carved into the side for an additional $30.
As a general guide for choosing which size of urn, one pound of body weight will fill one cubic inch after cremation. For example: a 150 pound person's cremains will need 150 cubic inches. This is not an exact correlation though. Each body varies in bone density.
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