Sunset Finances Applauds Inventor of MemryStone for Cremation Innovation

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Although cremation is increasing in prevalence in the funeral industry, many people find this funeral method to be less inspirational than a traditional burial. Following a June 9 article entitled “Funeral home creates stone designed to bring comfort after cremation” published by Herald News, Sunset Finances commends the inventor of the MemryStone for creating a new funeral service that brings comfort to the loved ones of those who choose cremation.

Cremation has increased in popularity over the years. Today, about 40 percent of funerals involve cremation, compared to 4 percent in 1973, the Herald News reports (published June 9, 2013). This trend may be due to the fact that traditional burials can be expensive and cremation is often a more affordable option. However, for many families, the cremation ritual sometimes feels more anonymous and detached than if their loved one had chosen embalming and a full burial. Sunset Finances applauds B.T. Hathaway for inventing the MemryStone with the purpose of adding more meaning and inspiration to the cremation ritual.

The MemryStone is a small ceramic oval on which an inspirational message can be etched. The message is written on a transfer sheet that is wrapped around the stone. The MemryStone is then placed in the furnace with the body to be cremated. The furnace heats to 1,800 degrees, which turns the body to ash. At the same time, a chemical reaction occurs on the surface of the stone and the message is permanently etched there. Any message can be written, according to the wishes of the family or friends of the deceased. For example, a nephew wrote the word "peace" for his uncle's MemryStone because his uncle had led a difficult life.

MemryStones are currently not readily available and thus, at cremation, AARP Life Insurance companies will not provide the MemryStone to a policyholder’s family. However, Hathaway hopes to begin offering the MemryStone online this summer.

Choosing cremation over a traditional burial need not mean a funeral with less meaning and comfort. Sunset Finances praises the creator of MemryStone for offering a service that can bring more inspiration to the cremation process.

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