"There has been a noticeable rise in designers exploring alternative ways to express death and grieving. Lisa Merk of Germany, for one, presented Tactile Perception Urns at the Stockholm Furniture Fair this year. The pebble-shaped vessels can be filled with ashes and held onto for emotional comfort. Mourners can either keep the mini-urns or return them for burial. Made from untreated wood, they will naturally decompose once buried, making them a sustainable alternative to common burial habits."