The Crystal Remembrance™ is a memorial that can travel with today’s mobile families, and as an exquisite work of art, will be showcased in the family home. These features encourage and increase the occasions for remembering your loved one, in the comfort and familiarity of home.
The Crystal Remembrance™ design was created by artisan James Lehr Kennedy, founder and CEO of Crystal Remembrance LLC and a founding member of the Glass Axis Studio in Columbus, Ohio. The artistic intent of the Crystal Remembrance™ is to memorialize your loved one by bringing them into the light, rather than hidden in the darkness of traditional burial or cremation options. Showcased in your home, the Crystal Remembrance™ will provide perpetual occasions for remembering your loved one.
Our highly skilled and degreed artists begin with the conceptual egg shape and combine a meaningful color with a small amount of your loved one’s cremated remains to produce a swirl within the crystal egg. The swirl appears fluid and suggests the double helix of DNA, the structural basis of earthly life. Throughout history the egg has been a symbol of fertility and life, and rising from the base of the egg, the color and cremated remains seem to reach upward toward the sun – the energy source for most earthly life.
The color included in the crystal egg can represent many things: a suggestion of personality, the color of the eyes, the blue of the sky, or the green of a verdant springtime pasture. The quantity of cremated remains required to produce one or many Crystal Remembrances ™ is very small, allowing for family and friends to have their own Crystal Remembrance™. The bulk of the cremated remains are returned to the family for disposition in the manner you choose. The colors often vary in hue and shade within the artwork contributing to the uniqueness of your Crystal Remembrance™.
Crystal Remembrance™ artisans are highly skilled and accomplished artists, frequently displaying their own creations in art galleries. The skill and materials employed in the production of a Crystal Remembrance™ represents the highest form of the glassmaker’s art. Crystal Remembrance LLC takes great care in respectfully creating for you and your family a unique work of art that captures the spirit of your loved one in a comforting and beautiful creation.
Crystal Remembrance™ memorials are sold exclusively through a carefully chosen network of licensed funeral homes. Funeral homes are operated by licensed funeral directors to provide high standards of service to the families and communities they support. If your Funeral Home is not yet a designated service provider for Crystal Remembrance LLC, please have your Funeral Home contact us so we can make arrangements for the creation of your Crystal Remembrance™.
Crystal Remembrance Partners with DNA Memorial
Grandview, Ohio – Locally owned Crystal Remembrance LLC announced at the 2015 CANA/NFDA show that it has partnered with DNA Memorial. Crystal Remembrance will now accept physical DNA from DNA Memorial and incorporate it into the DNA helix design of the Crystal Remembrance. Crystal Remembrance has grown to cover most of the 50 states in the US and into Australia and the UK. The company opened a designer glass gallery in its Grandview studio, featuring acclaimed artists from central Ohio.
Jeff Harbeson, of DNA Memorial, also attended the trade show. “This is a match made in heaven. The same DNA material we offer families through funeral homes is now incorporated by Crystal Remembrance into a DNA-like helix work of art. Similar to DNA, the final product is completely unique and emotionally captivating. The beauty of the Crystal Memorial art combined with providing families the DNA of their deceased loved one creates a memento with impact for generations. Along with the piece, each purchase includes our DNA Home Banking which is the deceased genetic record for future use by the family for genealogical or medical research.”
“We are excited, and bracing for additional growth,” said James L. Kennedy, owner and CEO.
About DNA Memorial
DNA Memorial is a DNA services company that has developed a proprietary method of extracting DNA from a cheek swab or hair follicle and preserving it indefinitely (DNA banking) at room temperature. This is a biotechnological breakthrough. DNA is a human genetic record that provides medical and genealogical information for use in current and future generations. Cremation destroys the genetic record and disinterment is costly. Through funeral directors, DNA Memorial offers families the last chance to save the valuable genetic record of their lost loved ones.
Crystal Remembrance Expands Product line to include Pet Products
“We are excited, and bracing for additional growth”, said James L. Kennedy owner and CEO.
About Crystal Remembrance - A Memorial to a Life Well-Lived
The Crystal Remembrance™ is a hand-crafted, elegant yet subtly bold and unique glass art piece designed to memorialize a loved one. Interweaving a small amount of cremated remains with a swirl of chosen color, crystal artists create a one-of-a-kind memorial as meaningful and beautiful as the life being commemorated. Crystal Remembrance artists are degreed and accomplished professionals who create and display their own glass art in galleries.
Owner/CEO James L. Kennedy has had a passion for glass for more than 20 years. In 1989, Kennedy founded Twenty First Century Communications. TFCC became a highly successful, multinational telecommunications company serving the needs of 70% of the United States. Kennedy was CEO of TFCC for 22 years. In February 2011, TFCC was sold. Kennedy then directed his energies toward other endeavors, including opening the Crystal Remembrance glass blowing studio and gallery. He is also a writer and inventor with over 15 patents to his name.
Crystal Remembrance partners with funeral homes throughout the country, that assist families in obtaining Crystal Remembrance memorials.
Jewelry, keepsakes a tribute to deceased
The old photos and cat toys weren’t enough to comfort Abby Fisher after Booter died three years ago.
So she found a way to keep her beloved feline close to her heart: She had a dash of Booter’s cremains set into a glass-blown pendant that she sometimes wears on a necklace.
“Immortalizing him — having that piece of him always with me — was very important,” said Fisher, 41, of the Clintonville neighborhood. “It’s the idea that I have him close to me, and he will never go away.”
Experts say that such tangible tributes to a loved one — whether pet or human — can greatly aid the grieving process.
“The physical presence is gone, yet the relationship continues as a memory that we can pass through the generations in our family,” said Myra Clark, a clinical manager in palliative care at Mount Carmel Hospice.
Commemorative art is one option.
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Crystal Remembrance Expands National and Local Presence
Columbus, Ohio – Locally owned Crystal Remembrance LLC announced today that it has grown to cover 20 states. By year’s end, the company plans the opening of a designer glass gallery in its Grandview studio, featuring acclaimed artists from central Ohio.
Crystal Remembrance is currently active in the midwest, southern and select western states including California, Arizona and Nevada. Now, a sales executive will represent the key states of Washington and Oregon.
“We are excited, and bracing for additional growth as our number of funeral home partnerships grow”, said James L. Kennedy owner and CEO. The production team recently installed a large glass furnace aimed at more than doubling current capacity.
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Columbus Entrepreneur - Memories encapsulated by Crystal Remembrance
When a relative asked James Lehr Kennedy if he could incorporate the cremated remains of a loved one into a glass sculpture, the longtime hot-glass artist was intrigued. He went to the studio and started thinking about shapes and designs that could hold the material and honor the deceased.
“I played with some ideas,” said Kennedy, who has studied glass blowing and other techniques for years.
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NBC 4 - Grandview Man Spins Cremated Remains into Art
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Published: January 17, 2013