Burial Craft > Gourd Urns

Gourds are extraordinary natural biodegradable vessels. In the hands of your artist, your gourd will be transformed and embellished by carving, inlays, engraving, weaving, painting, varnishing and waxing to become a stunning, personal memorial urn for you.

Village Memorial offers the special works of an artist who has incorporated natural enhancements to transform these organic creations of nature into exceptional, timeless memorial artworks. Through the use of natural dyes, water-based paints, engravings and other natural adornments, your memorial artist will personalize your urn. It is our wish for you that these personalized urns will become a cherished reminder of someone special.

Rose Gourd Urn

Elegant Gourd Urn Handcarved with Lid

Art Gourd Urn with Fastening LidThis is a very elegant design with handcarved Spanish style rose patterns. The lid fastens with a string-and-button closure, to secure contents while allowing for ease of use for families that choose to remove ashes for scattering.

$375

Turquoise Gourd Urn

Green Handcarved Gourd Urn with Lid

Green Handcarved Gourd Urn with LidElaborate handcarved Turquiose gourd urn with fastening lid. The lid fastens with a string-and-button closure, to secure contents while allowing for ease of use for families that choose to remove ashes for scattering.

$250

Poppy Gourd Urn

Natural Brown Handcarved Gourd Urn with LidNatural Brown Wood Gourd Urn with Lid Handcrafted Designed Gourd Urn with Lid

Elaborate handcarved wood burned gourd urn with fastening lid. The lid fastens with a string-and-button closure, to secure contents while allowing for ease of use for families that choose to remove ashes for scattering.

$290

Raw Gourd Urn

Gourd Urn Natural Raw Gourd Urn

Simple elegance defines this raw, handcarved gourd urn with lid. This gourd urn is a beautiful natural vessel that comes ready to be personalized by you and your family.

$110

About Gourds

For centuries gourds have been used as art objects. Gourds have also served a memorial purpose for many years. Ancient generations hand carved gourds with elemental markings and used natural paint pigments to transform gourds of various shapes into urns designated to contain the remains of lost loved ones. Gourds continue to serve both decorative and functional purposes.

Something to keep in mind with gourds is that with so many different natural shapes, nothing is ever exactly the same.

Gourds develop in many varieties of shapes and forms.

Gourd UrnArtist, Claudia Dussault-Howell

"My brother was an electrical engineer in medical research (note the schematic symbols). He had his pilot's license, was a certified skin diver and played the piano with gusto. He had a great sense of humor and was a gentle man who loved this planet. I put my mourning into the design of his urn. It was good therapy for me. We did not take my brother's ashes out of the plastic bag; there is a question as to whether they will spread his ashes one day. Then the urn will still be a wonderful reminder and an art piece in itself for future family members."

The Funeral Rule

Under a U.S. federal law, 16 CFR Part 435 (known as the Funeral Rule), if a family provides a casket they purchased elsewhere, the establishment is required to accept the casket and use it in the services. If the casket is delivered direct to the funeral home from the manufacturer or store, they are required to accept delivery of the casket. The funeral home may not add any extra charges or fees to the overall bill if a family decides to purchase a casket elsewhere. Read More at the FTC's website.