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« on: March 29, 2008 07:39:29 PM »

I am hoping that someone will be interested to give me a bit of a push here.  I have some ideas, but I'm not very fond of them at this point.

I work for a funeral home (a wonderful one, by the way) and when our families leave us, they are given a large Burgundy shopping bag with our name and logo on it, which could be reusable, but it's not really something you would save.  It can be recycled.  The bag usually contains their register book, prayer cards, death certificates, etc. 

Here's what my boss says:

"We are going to design a new tote/bag to use for promotional materials, urns, etc  The bag will be sold at any of our promotional events, and given to our families after a funeral.  I want the bag to be sort of hip and trendy, unlike most funeral merchandise.  It may be made of green materials and be something that would be used over and over.  For each bag sold or given away we will make a monetary donation to Good Grief.  I want the bag to be uplifting with some sort of symbolism, for example a stylized dove to represent peace, or a funky tree to represent life.  The symbol will be on one side and our logo and, with permission, Good Griefs logo on the other.  I want to add a positive message along with the image to the tote bag.  The uplifting message might be something like endeavor to persevere, or carry on 

What I am going to do is mock up the different designs.  I am going to bring his idea to life on one of them.  I drew a dove that I think fits the bill and I am going to pair it with the tree of life (with roots)  One of the messages I am thinking of is 'Celebrate Life'.

PS Good Grief is an organization that we work with that helps children who have lost parents.

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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2008 11:07:57 AM »

I think that would be a good idea. It would be environmentally friendly and they would look better then the plastic. I think you should totally make it.
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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2008 01:37:11 PM »

How about a Buddhist knot? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endless_knot

Or a Celtic knot? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celtic_knot

I like the dove, but that is limiting your audience. Maybe instead of just peaceful symbols, how about searching for symbols of eternal life?

Or do several designs and give the families a choice?

« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2008 05:59:41 AM »

Great ideas, is there a specific colour they had in mind like the burgandy plastic bags?

I would make sure that the bottom of the bags are squared so they stand up on their own with some stiffening. The boxes the (average) urns come in are about 8-10" square so I would make them not as wide but square, and they could be a bit taller than the normal tote bag. 

These would be great to put the deseases belongings in as well.  So depending on how much work you want to make out of it, maybe a pocket in the inside for small articles?

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