The loss of a loved one is hard. Sometimes its sudden, sometimes its been a long time coming, but regardless of where or when, it leaves a mark on your heart. Whether its a grandparent, your mom or dad, a beloved pet, or sometimes even a child, the deceased deserve to be remembered and honored for the lives they touched while they were here on earth.
Your loved one wouldn't want you to dwell on the past and drop everything to mourn for them. The mourning period isn't a time to think about things you never said to your loved one or dwell on mistakes you made. It's a time to remember the good times and everything you loved about this person. They came, they lived, and they passed on...for however long it was, it was a good life. There is a time to mourn and a time to let things rest.
No one wants to forget about their lost loved one, and of course they never could! It is natural to want to honor this person in some way that holds meaning to you. A celebration of life is appropriate, a memorial service, perhaps a generous donation in their name etc... and for some, a gentle daily reminder of this person is what will bring them comfort. For a reminder that you can hold over your heart, memorial jewelry is a great choice to honor the deceased.
Over time, memorial jewelry has become increasingly popular and there are many variations of it. From photo lockets to memorial ash jewelry, there's really no wrong way to go about it. To help you choose what kind of memorial jewelry is most appropriate for you or to give to someone in mourning, we have compiled this list...
Fingerprint Heart Necklace
A fingerprint is one of a kind. No two people on earth will have the exact same one. For this reason, wearing a necklace with the fingerprint of a loved one is a unique way to honor their memory! This necklace can be made in honor of any person living or passed on. It comes in three colors (gold, silver, and rose gold as shown above), and can be personalized with any name. If this necklace is to honor someone already deceased, you can still get their fingerprint by accessing old records or possibly even a birth certificate! If they served in the military, you can acquire a fingerprint from those records as well!
Personalized Dog Necklace
Man's best friend. The loss of a beloved pet is always hard. Something about these creatures makes even the hardest day easier to handle. They remain loyal to us for years, make us laugh, brighten our day, reduce stress... it's truly a shame we almost always outlive them. To honor the pet you will always love, this personalized dog necklace is a great way to keep them with you always. This can also be made into a necklace for other animals such as a cat.
If your grandma went by the name "Nana" while she was alive, then this sterling silver Nana necklace is a great way to keep her memory near to your heart. This necklace also works as a gift to the Nana in your life that is still making memories with you. She can wear this and be reminded of your love and support every day.
Gold Bar Necklace - Date in Roman Numerals
A roman numeral date necklace can say so much. These numbers represent a moment in time that is precious to you. In the case of memorial jewelry, you could choose the date of a birth or the anniversary of a death. Furthermore, you could also wear the date of a specific memory, such as the first time you met the deceased. You'll never forget this day, and you can wear these precious numbers over your heart always.
Actual Handwriting Necklace
This is a truly unique memorial necklace. Take an excerpt of a written message crafted by your loved one while they were living and have their handwriting transcribed onto this beautiful necklace. It comes with two circle disc pendants so that you can fit a brief message on one or both sides and perhaps even their signature! This way, you carry a piece of them with you always!
Coordinates Bar Necklace
Coordinates are more than just random numbers. They point to a very specific place. Or rather, a specific memory that can be traced to the exact spot where it occurred. For memorial jewelry, you could perhaps use the coordinates of the place the deceased was born, where they are buried, or maybe a place they loved, like the location of a yearly vacation. Even the coordinates of a place that was the setting of your favorite memory with them would be appropriate. With these exact coordinates with you always, you can revisit this location again and again.
Personalized Angel Wing Necklace
This memorial necklace is simple but makes a big statement. It is a simple circle disc pendant with room for a single initial with a small angel wing charm resting beside it. This necklace is not only beautiful, but is a subtle reminder of the loved one you want to carry with you always. For those with beliefs based in faith, this necklace is more than perfect to honor their passed on relative, friend or pet.
Mother Daughter Necklace
Losing a mother is a difficult time in a persons life. It is even more devastating when a mother loses a daughter before her time. To honor this momentous loss, this simple but equally beautiful mother daughter necklace is a beautiful statement of love. It represents how a mother and daughter are forever linked in love and that they will one day reunite. This necklace doesn't have to be specific to just a mother and daughter. It could be for a mother and son as well!
I Carry Your Heart in Mine Necklace
This is a beautiful message that will always remind you of the love you felt for the deceased. Whether its a parent, grandparent, best friend, sister or any one else, this message will be true to you. Because for someone you loved very much, your love exceeds the limits of an earthly presence. No matter how long it has been since their passing, you will keep their heart within yours at all times. Meaning, you will love them forever.
Forever in My Heart Necklace
Similar to the necklace above, this Forever in My Heart necklace is a precious reminder of the loved one you have lost. It can be personalized with a single initial to represent the name of the person you want to honor. Their love, their memory, and their spirit will truly be forever in your heart, and wearing this necklace will bring you comfort in hard times or remind you to take a moment to acknowledge their memory.
To all those mourning over the loss of a loved one, we wish you hope and healing during this difficult time.
“The connections we make in the course of a life--maybe that's what heaven is.”
— Fred Rogers
- January 02, 2020
- Kristen Kish