Memorialize Your Loved One With a Fraternal Freemason Urn
Though technically still the world's largest secret society, Freemasonry has millions of members and has become more or less a household name. With a long and storied history combined with a commitment to charity and community engagement, the Masons have gone from a society exclusively for the elite to an influential fraternal order for the everyman. If your loved one participated in Freemasonry, our fraternal Freemason urn could be just the right option for honoring their legacy.
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Deep Historical Roots
As the oldest known fraternal organization in the world, Freemasonry has deep historical roots.
Freemasonry evolved from the guilds of stonemasons and cathedral builders of the Middle Ages. With the decline of cathedral building, some lodges of operative (working) masons began to accept honorary members to bolster their declining membership. From a few of these lodges developed modern symbolic or speculative Freemasonry, which particularly in the 17th and 18th centuries adopted the rites and trappings of ancient religious orders and of chivalric brotherhoods. (Britannica)
Here in the United States, some of our earliest Founding Fathers, including George Washington, were Masons; and Masonic symbols still appear on our paper money.
If this sort of historical connection instilled a sense of pride in your loved one, perhaps a fraternal Freemason urn could be the right choice when it comes time to lay them to rest.
A Not-So-Secret Order
Though the Order of Freemasons originally conducted themselves as a truly secret society, the current global order of Freemasonry operates under more open, modern, and democratic methods.
All males over the age of 21 are eligible to join the Freemasons, and women even have their own related order, "The Order of the Eastern Star."
Signs and Symbols
What would a secret society be without special signs and symbols? Freemasons have both.
Not only do they have several secretive handshakes by which they can recognize and greet each other, but they also have multiple symbols to represent their ideals: The "All-Seeing Eye" (also called the Eye of Providence), the Beehive, and the Square and Compass.
Even though Freemasonry is not a religion, Masons do hold to certain beliefs, and these signs and symbols not only help Masons identify one another, but they also help bind the group together and remind them of their core principles.
Even if you've never met a Freemason in real life (that you're aware of), all you have to do is walk through your local cemetery, and if you know what to look for, you'll see the signs of the Freemasons on more than a few headstones.
Of course, if you choose inurnment rather than interment, a fraternal Freemason urn can help you carry on this tradition for your loved one.
Commitment to Charity and Community Involvement
The Shriners, a subgroup within Freemasonry, is particularly noted for their charitable endeavors, including the funding of hospitals.
Core values of the Shriners include:
- Commitment to family
- Engagement in ongoing personal growth
- Dedication to providing care for children and families in need
- Desire to have fun, do good, and build relationships that can last a lifetime
It's no secret that the Shriners have done some wonderful work over the years, and if your loved one was a Shriner, a great way to honor their commitment to making the world a better place is with a fraternal Freemason urn.
Honoring Your Loved One
When the time comes to honor friends, family members, and loved ones, we often struggle to know which aspects of their lives are most deserving of attention. For those who were members of the oldest fraternal order, however, the choice might be clear. Our fraternal Freemason urns allow you to commemorate their membership in the world's largest secret society.