About the Funerary Urn

The cross-shaped urn in the church for the funeral service

The cross-shaped urn in the church for the funeral service

The urn was built in the shape of a cross by Flemming’s son Mike. Mike had come from Toronto for Thanksgiving and had not expected to be constructing a funerary urn on his holiday. Thanks to Bill Nauss, a friend who also happens to be a friend of Flemming’s brother John, and has a woodworking shop, he had the tools and materials to do the job. Bill and his wife Lorna were very helpful during the construction of the urn – as they always are when Dorcas and Mike visit.

Mike Holm carrying his father's urn into the cemetery

Mike Holm carrying his father's urn into the cemetery. D. Robinson photo

The urn was made out of pine and mahogany, with a pressure-fitted top.

At the burial, we passed it around the circle so that everyone could carry Flemming in death a little way, feel the weight of his ashes and say a last good-bye. It was a profound moment for many. When the urn returned to Mike, I could feel the circle closed, complete.

Looking at the urn before the burial ceremony.

Looking at the urn before the burial ceremony. D. Robinson photo.

The urn was crowned with sweetgrass and adorned with a beaded dreamcatcher by Flemming’s nephew Dan and his son before it was laid in the grave.

Just at the hour that he died, a friend had a dream about Flemming passing in a wave through a keyhole shaped like a cross. When she entered the church and saw the urn, she was amazed, because it had the same shape as the cross in her dream.

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