Are you frustrated with the thought that even after forking out good money you'll still get stuck with a boring, staid, stick-in-the-mud urn?

Liberate your imagination and create a beautiful colorful unique piece of art that speaks beyond words to carry memories both on the urn and as prints for friends and family.

Art is highly personal, and it's a critical piece of expressing who you are and what you love. Having art you love in your space is uplifting to the heart and soul. Paula is a quirky, fun, unleashed spirit who happens to be an amazingly talented multi-medium artist. The range of work she excels in never ceases to amaze me, and, frankly, who else on earth would think of personalized gorgeous coffin art?!? If you want to truly go out with a memorable bang, commission your box with Paula before you go.

- Dr. Marny T.

A marker of your loved one's death is not enough. Art speaks to you, and you want it to speak of a life well-lived; the ties and joys and passions of a soul that REALLY LIVED, not just a start and end date.

Traditional urns are OK, but you want something that reflects the myriad of ways your person impacted our world, a heartfelt way to show their legacy.

Your person wasn't average, they had a light, and you want to share it, to continue to be inspired by their joys, connections, and achievements.

Your family value independent thought, creativity, and doing things their own d**n way. They will really appreciate how you have brought a meaningful urn to give them a final gift that honors a life well-lived, as well as quality prints that respect and honor your person's colorful being.

Actually, this is for you... you want to go out in your own darn style, consistent with your life.

You have something like an allergic reaction to normal (toes curl, hackle raise) so you are delighted when you can be heard and your ideas properly expressed outside of cookie-cutter norms. Because if you can do something amazing, why settle for "good enough"?

1 print

2 prints

Art Canvas Urn

A natural wood urn wrapped in the Fine Art Print of your choice to embrace your loved one with art that honors their colorful life.

Discounts on Fine Art Prints

Discounts on future Fine Art Print purchases so that  you can share this moment of memory with others who knew and cherished your person. (Discounts valid for 90 days)

Custom text

Complimentary text on prints so you can add a personal saying, poem, or prayer. 

Free Creative Session

to brainstorm the best ways to give your person a true send-off.

Free Shipping

Free shipping within the US, so that you can get free shipping.

BYO Artwork

Option to BYO family artwork* to strengthen the bonds of family stories and connection.

Fine Art Prints

Complimentary Fine Art Print ... Archival giclee print so that your family has an heirloom that shares your loved one’s light and soul with friends and family for years to come.

Urn Upgrade

Free upgrade to an Aspen or Aromatic Cedar urn, made in the US, 10 trees planted for every urn, so that you can support buying local and eco-friendly practices.

Original Art Canvas

Original Canvas by a Local Artist to create a moment of memory for you that truly represents & reflects their vibrancy and passion.

* high-resolution digital image needed (we can help), no copyright infringement.

Just the Urn


Art Urn +


Art Urn ++


1 print

2 prints

Just The Urn

36" x 18" Original Artwork by local Chicago-based artist Paula Clayton, or one of our other DGB associated artists whose work you like, to honor the heart of your story and celebrate your connections and memories.

We meet with you on Zoom or a creative session on the phone to find out what you would like to have as a great way to remember your important person, and if we're a fit to make that happen for you.

We'll do a rough draft of your idea and send it to you for your approval.

Once you've approved the draft we go ahead with the real thing,

contact you when it is done, 

safely package up the artwork,

and ship it out to you.

Starting at  $520

Art Urn + Prints

All that: the Original Artwork, plus two archival giclee fine art prints and the option to add customized text. So that you can share your artwork and memories with others who cherished your person.

  • Canvas Original Artwork 36" x 18" to embrace their memory in art.

  • Complimentary text on prints so you can add a personal saying, poem, or prayer.

  • free shipping within the US, so you can get free shipping.

  • 20% off additional print purchases for 90 days so that you can give friends and family a good deal when they want to buy more prints.

Starting at  $980

* high-resolution digital image needed, no copyright infringement.

Art Urn + Prints
+ Original

If you could go crazy about this (in a good way), what would that look like?

We are quite capable of helping with crazy-in-a-good-way. We're artists, we spend a lot of time there.

  • Choose a regular canvas  or metal panel(s) up to      5' x 3 ½' for lots of room  to make a statement.

  • Complimentary text on prints so you can add personal saying, poems, or prayers.

  • free shipping within the US, so you can get free shipping.

  • 20% off additional print purchases for 90 days so that you can give friends and family a good deal when they want to buy more prints.


Wild texture, metallics, stuff glued on, areas cut out (set fire to, rolled in gravel, covered in glitter?) panels collaged together, epoxy. Blessed by a local minister/rabbi/imam? 3D elements, include a small motor hooked up to a 9V battery?

Starting at  $2530

We Would Be Honored

We're in this because we value our people's stories. We want your story to carry on. There are people in our lives who are beacons, they shine and inspire the rest of us to do our best, live our best, live our real lives wholeheartedly with color and soul.

We love doing work that is meaningful, for people who care.

We would be honored to create a piece of art for you that helps you remember the joys and passions, quirks and achievements, of someone who has brought color into your life.

- Love,

Paula, and the other artists of DGB

Art adds beauty to my life. It also creates something that I can interact with mentally and emotionally to re-center myself and at times examine my feelings through different lenses. Your artwork speaks for itself. I've been lucky enough to see it in many different forms, and it always translates. It always shines through and communicates both beauty and emotion. 

- Ivan R.

Paula listens. You will get the product you asked and, with her artistic magic, it will be more than you can ever imagine.

- Natalie B.

"Paula focused on the tribute to my father, that he so deserved.  Her artistic skills created a lasting treasure of his life.   She gave his passing the honor and distinction for the man he was, and wanted to be remembered as.  My father was a unique individual and I would have been saddened to lay him to rest in a cookie cutter box.  I LOVE what Dead Gorgeous Box is able to give to us at a time when we need so much.  Thank you, thank you, thank you"
- Janet G.

Knowing you achieved a special and meaningful goodbye

Having a touchstone of memory that truly reflects the story of a life well-lived

Being listened to, and your ideas brought to life to make a moment of memory

Going beyond the standard options to find a way to properly honor the individuality of your loved one.

Funeral Directors

Dead Gorgeous Box designs and creates custom artistic urns and caskets in Chicago. We primarily sell to funeral directors.


Please call to find out how we can work with you.

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