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new way to keep the memory of the dead alive

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KENNEWICK, Wash.— Dealing with the death of someone you love is one of the most difficult challenges some people face.  KNDU discovered people now have a new option that may help keep the memories of those who pass alive.

This month people could start buying the Richard Lee Penor Memorial stand equipped with a digital picture frame, shelves and room for up to five urns.

The stand was created by Earl Penor Junior, the brother of Richard Lee Penor.     

"I decided to build a memorial to him for my parents," Earl Penor Jr., memorial creator.

Pricing starts at $395.  Funeral home employees say they expect the stands to be a big seller, especially since they say they do more cremations than burials.  In fact, according to the National Funeral Directors Association, about 35% of final dispositions in the U.S. were cremations, but local funeral home employees say that number has greatly increased.

"It's something that they pick that remind them of their loved one," says Bobbi Norris, Hill Crest Memorial.

"They can have it in their home and it would almost be like having them there," says Early Penor Junior.

If you are interested in a stand you can see them at Einan's Funeral Home, Hill Crest Memorial, Bruce Lee, Life Tribute Center.  You can also contact the creator at 588-0327.