For Couples Who Wish to Spend Eternity Together

Well, we said “‘Til death do us part” until we realized that death doesn’t have to separate two people who long to spend eternity together.

The "Cameo Portrait" urn from the Mathews catalog.

The “Cameo Portrait” urn available at most funeral homes through the Mathews catalog.

Indeed, the funeral industry is able to provide mostly lovely, always fascinating ways to keep love alive. I’ve known elderly lovebirds who’ve retained the cremated remains of the partner who died first, requesting that all ashes get co-mingled when the inevitable eventually occurs. Other families are better pleased by placing Mom’s and Dad’s remains in a large urn sized for couples that has two tidy, separate compartments.

Companion urn for a committed couple, bronze front, zinc body, priced well at $990, Memorials.com.

Companion urn for a committed couple, priced well at $990, Memorials.com.

This can be a powerful statement from couples who’ve worked hard to keep their ardor and commitment alive, and want to stay together forever. (Reminder: nearly all cemeteries accept “companion” cremation urns for burial or niche placement just as they have always buried deceased married couples beside each other. Just let the staff know the urn’s dimensions.)

The ultimate valentine: a "Loving Heart" companion bronze urn with two compartments for cremated remains, $2,374 on Memorials.com.

A “Loving Heart” companion bronze urn with two compartments for cremated remains, weighing 26 pounds and costing $2,374 on Memorials.com.

If you’re holding the cremated remains of your dearly departed parents on a hall closet shelf, you might consider buying something this Valentine’s Day or on their anniversary that could sweetly house them together. Also, a plaque on a park bench is a splendid way to honor them, or an actual bench for two in the cemetery beside their graves would be an incredibly generous gesture.

Of marriage and coupledom, the poet Robert Frost once wrote, “Two such as you with such a master speed, cannot be parted nor be swept away from one another once you are agreed, that life is only life forevermore, together wing to wing and oar to oar.” And apparently, that summed committed romantic relationship up so well for him that he used that last line under his wife’s name on their shared grave stone.

Beautifully-crafted companion urn by Jaime Miller of WoodMillerUrns.com, only $380.

Beautifully-crafted companion urn by Jaime Miller of WoodMillerUrns.com, only $380.

Celestial Orb Raku-stye companion urn is large enough to hold the cremated remains of two people. Costs $469 at the marvelous website Artisurns.com, where other handmade pieces for two can be commissioned.

“Celestial Orb” Raku-stye companion urn is large enough to hold the cremated remains of two people. Costs $469 at the marvelous website Artisurn.com, where other handmade pieces for two can be commissioned.

"Seated Couple" bronze companion urn for the depressed mom who married a stand-up guy, $1418 at Memorials.com

“Seated Couple” bronze companion urn apparently (by the looks of things) for the mom who married a stand-up guy, $1418 at Memorials.com

Simple, practical and solid cedar wood urn holds two. From MemorialsForever.com, $355.

Simple, practical and solid cedar wood urn holds two. From MemorialsForever.com, $355.

Two-chamber pendant keeps Ma and Pa entwined and hanging on your neck! In gold vermeil, $130 at IntheLightUrns.com.

Two-chamber pendant can keep a tiny bit of your parents’ cremated remains entwined. Nice, in gold vermeil, $130 at IntheLightUrns.com.

Blue Dolphin urn that holds cremated remains for two, by artist Steven Forbes-deSoule, available for $770 at ShineonBrightly.com

Blue Dolphin urn that holds cremated remains for two, by artist Steven Forbes-deSoule, available for $770 at ShineonBrightly.com

Batesville's Companion Urn Clock keeps any married couple together for all time, $775 at UrnsforCremation.com.

Batesville’s Companion Urn Clock keeps any married couple together for all time, $775 at UrnsforCremation.com.

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