Personal Tragedy Reveals Untapped Artistic Expression / Family Business Memorializes Loved Ones with Compassion During Grieving

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Denver based Une Belle Vie Memorial Urns offers unique, artisan made, decorative urns in a variety of materials including glass, wood, stone, ceramic and metal. A wide selection of biodegradable urns are also available. The company focuses on providing a supportive and informed experience whether families are planning for the future or coping with the passing of a loved one. For more information, visit their online gallery and store at

Mike and Melody Jamali cutting the ribbon at the Une Belle Vie grand opening ceremony

We knew that other families out there were looking for what we wanted -- something that captures the essence of the deceased person that can be proudly displayed as a work of art.

Mike and Melody Jamali, co-founders of Une Belle Vie Memorial Urns (, a Denver based provider of exclusive, artistic and designer urns, celebrated their online store grand opening February 25, 2010. The opening date commemorated what would have been their son Eric’s 22nd birthday. A private catered Grand Opening event dedicated to their son Eric was held at the corporate office and showroom in Englewood, CO.

The concept for the Jamalis’ company began early in 2009 as Mike watched a national news story about the growing interest in cremation and the emerging business of custom, artistic urn creation. He and Eric immediately began researching an urn business, but time constraints put their project on hold. Tragically, Eric was killed in an accident in June, 2009.

Suddenly faced with the difficult decision to choose a final resting place for their son, the Jamalis struggled to find an urn that best represented their athletic, witty and fashionable son. They were presented with an array of uninspiring urns, and consumed with emotions, felt rushed to buy something they didn’t want. This put the Jamalis closer to their business idea than they had ever imagined.

“When this type of loss touches your immediate family, it gives you a whole different perspective,” said Mike Jamali. “When Eric died, it helped us understand there’s such a need for compassion and creativity in this industry, and it gave us a sense of urgency,” he continued.

“Part of the healing process occurs by having a vessel that, each time you look at it, makes you smile and conjures up happy memories of that deceased person. We learned this through our own experience,” said Melody Jamali. “We knew that other families out there were looking for what we wanted -- something that captures the essence of the deceased person that can be proudly displayed as a work of art.”

Une Belle Vie Memorial Urns selects local and national artists to create one-of-a-kind, decorative urns in various mediums including glass, ceramic, metal, wood, stone and even leather. Custom urns can include unconventional materials such as vintage motorcycle parts and other items that best reflect the loved one they represent. Prices range from $100 to $3,500.

Une Belle Vie Memorial Urns is seeking gifted, local artists with the ability to create inspirational pieces that can be used as memorial urns. Interested artists can visit for more information on becoming a memorial artist.


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