I was alerted to an unusual blog this week called Death Reference Desk in which they mentioned an earlier topic I had discussed. They talk about the Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial Funeral home and the Rae Family Room.
At one point, the writer describes book-shaped urns, something I had never heard of before. They also provide a link to a photo of a room filled with urns. Toward the bottom of this photo are what appear to be books. I believe these are what the author probably saw, or something similar. I also enjoy her perspective as a librarian:
One of the highlights of my visit was seeing the various urns in their “niches” as they are called. The variety is pretty astounding — from humble and plain to ornate and fancy, with the standing of Portland’s wealthiest and middle-class in evidence. In death, it seems, we are all still not equal. As a librarian, I was especially taken with the urns that take the form of books on a shelf. Whole families have been memorialized in this way with mother, father, son, daughter “bound” together and held upright by bookends on either side.