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A new idea for cremation ashes is earning attention from the likes of Newsweek Magazine. new "Art in Ashes" product has begun attracting attention from across the United States. A California historical museum has included Art in Ashes in its "Dearly Departed" exhibit that explores memorial traditions over about the past hundred years. And Newsweek Magazine has included Art in Ashes in an article called "Thinking Outside the Urn" set to appear in the Nov. 12 edition.

"It's exciting that we are starting to receive unsolicited attention for our 'Art in Ashes' idea. The memorial industry has seen a lot of innovative products become very popular in the past few years and this is our contribution to that," said Ralf Heckenbach, owner of the Corpus Christi, Texas-based Prestige Memorials now

With "Art in Ashes," customers mail about 2 teaspoons of a loved-one's cremation remains to an artist, who then includes the ashes into a piece of art. The "Art in Ashes" signature product is oil paintings done by a German-born artist in her Corpus Christi studio. Photographs of the paintings currently available are at Art in Ashes. The artist will add the ashes to a painting after a customer has placed an order.

The Newsweek article is currently available online at, and more information about the museum exhibit is at

Art in Ashes is now poised to join the ranks of a number of other intriguing memorial ideas that have become industry mainstays in recent years with the rise of online memorial retailers such as Prestige Memorials. These ideas include "cremation jewelry," in which family members can store up to 2 teaspoons of ashes, biodegradable urns used for scattering ashes, and a number of amazingly unique styles of urns. All of these ideas have inspired feature articles in publications ranging from the New York Times to the USA Today and to local newspapers such as the Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal.

" currently offers a wide variety of interesting specialty memorial products, but, until we began 'Art in Ashes,' in 2005 none of those products were exclusive to our company. Art in Ashes is our very special contribution to the new ideas that give families more choices than ever for keeping the memory of their loved-ones alive for generations to come," Heckenbach said. is an internet-only retailer serving customers across North America and the world from its headquarters in Corpus Christi. The company's website is

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