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Grief, mourning, and remembrance by their very nature are incredibly personal, and each person has unique ways to cope with loss. Coping with that grief is often expressed in various methods of memorialization.
For some, that means a beautiful headstone that represents the person who has been lost. For others, it’s a donation to a favorite charity, a memorial bench in a favorite park, a photo album, or keeping cherished belongings.
Or, it can mean something very personal that is intimately connected to the departed, like dried flowers from their wedding or funeral, a lock of hair, sand from their favorite beach, soil from their grave, or ashes (cremains).
In the 1700s and 1800s, locks of hair were very commonly carried as a keepsake. Locks or hair were often kept in lockets, which are a closable pendant that often also contained a portrait or picture of the loved one. During the Victorian era, hair was also used to create wreaths that included samples from numerous family members.
With the growing accessibility, acceptability, and popularity of cremation in the 1900s, keeping ashes of your departed became much more commonplace. This generally meant that ashes were kept in an urn. The problem with this is that the urn was stationary, and the ashes couldn’t be shared with others.
Fast forward to today and it’s very common for family members to share the ashes of their loved ones with family members. The advent of cremation jewelry, either in the form of necklaces, pendants, bracelets, or rings, means that individual family members can memorialize and carry their loved one with them.
What once may have been considered morbid, has reached a level of social acceptance today. Cremation jewelry is common among athletes, stars, and celebrities, and has become much more commonplace than it once was. In fact, many funeral homes now offer filling cremation jewelry as a common service after cremation.
It depends! Many people choose to intur or spread cremains, depending on the wishes of their deceased. Others want a more formal memorial like an urn. While for others, it’s more important to have a physical connection, and close proximity to their loved one. Cremation jewelry allows you to have that, since you can literally carry them with you, wherever you go.
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