Time capsule buried
...to be opened in 30 years' time
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IN celebration of its 125th anniversary this year, Belgroves Funeral Home and Crematorium commemorated the occasion with the interment of a Gift Box Time Capsule 30 years from now.
The interment was held on Thursday at the company's head office Coffee Street, San Fernando.
Jemma Gadishaw, the company's marketing officer told the Express,the idea to have the capsule was formulated in March this year.
She said: "The promise behind it is to have a snapshot of life as it is in 2013 and when it is opened in the year 2043, the openers would get a little slice of life in 2013. "
Gadishaw said items in the box included an iPod with current popular music, a father's gift for his daughter, a baby's christening garment, documents and photographs.
She said: "Belgroves has been in the business for many years and frequently what happens is when someone loses a loved one, people are scramming around looking for photographs, looking for family trees,looking to see who is related to whom and so on. We are very big on genealogy and keeping information, passing it from one generation to the next and this is one way of promoting that concept of creating interest in finding out who our forbearers were."
Gadishaw said the time capsule was ordered from a time capsule making company in the US and the reinforced concrete was four inches thick, and insect, air and moisture proof.
She said about three months ago, persons and organisations were invited by the funeral home to place items in the box and were given instructions as to what kind of items could be used.
She said all items were sealed, logged, catalogued and assigned a number. The items were placed in vacuum packs and vacuum sealed before going into the time capsule. And the packs were "spread around" to avoid any retaining of moisture, Gadishaw said.