What sadly isn’t possible for a burial can be conceived with cremation. You can decide what will happen to your ashes or you can make that choice for the ashes of a loved one or relative. You’ll have a lot of freedom. Do you want the ashes close by or somewhere further from home? Share them with your loved ones. Savour them for short or long periods of time. Monum draws their inspiration for the design of a personalised funerary urn from these individual choices.
Origins of Monum
“Grief is a personal process and has many stages. From my own experience I know that saving the ashes of my father has contributed to processing his death. Just like a grave, an urn has a tangible function, to meditate upon and to get a sense of connection. In the beginning this feeling was quite strong, but after some time had passed, the time to also say my farewells to his calmly settles in. I had given his death a place to rest. With closest relatives only, we scattered the ashes of my father on the beautiful scenic landscape near Winterswijk, his native land.”
“There I was, with nothing but an aluminium can clutched in my hands, without a soul, and with a shape that you don’t want to be around if it no longer contained his essence. That was the moment Monum was born. From this personal experience I create and imagine new urns. Urns as part of the grieving process, towards acceptance and letting go. Urns have a place in your life, that you can reuse and pass on to future generations.”
We look at durability from two points of view. For now, we choose materials, techniques and production methods that damage the earth as little as possible. The minerals used in the Urn T’errazzo come from northern and central Europe, the cementitious mineral mix for the Urn S’tone is certified Cradle to Cradle and no exhaustion or otherwise straining farming methods are necessary for the harvest of bamboo.
The production of the urns takes place in the Netherlands. This way we keep small distances and can rely on our well-known and desired working conditions.
Our fresh look at durability focuses on the long term use of the urn. We find the urn is often discarded together with its ashes after some time. Monum urns have been developed with the aim to reuse them. The Urn S’tone is specially developed for gardens, terraces and cemeteries. The urn can last generations and allows for multiple volumes of ash; a family-urn, similar to the tradition of a family tomb, which can be passed on to the succeeding generations.
Urn B’amboo can easily find a place indoors due to its material and size. When the ashes have been scattered you can keep it as a token of remembrance for years to come.
Urns for your style of life