I was motivated to start My Sacred Ashes as a tribute to my father Jack. He passed away in November of 2011. I knew that it was his time, but I still couldn’t prepare myself for the grief that I felt afterwards. Not only was I deeply affected by his passing, but also my family, their children, and my children, (his grandchildren), felt similarly heartbroken. I was forced to try and come to terms with his absence in my life and what it meant going forward. I felt the need to stay connected with him, somehow.
How does anyone truly let go and stop grieving? It’s true what they say, that time heals all wounds, but time cannot make you forget. I never wanted to forget. I needed a way to preserve for my children and myself the memory of my father.
My mother also wanted a way to remember her loving husband and life partner of 58 years. She came across a place that would encase his ashes in a glass bulb and plug it with a cork. I liked the idea but wanted something different. I got together with an artist/friend who blows glass and we came up with these unique pendant designs that incorporate the ashes into the glass. It’s a remarkable process that bonds the glass with the ashes, mixing them perfectly to create durable yet still very attractive-looking jewelry. What I really loved about the pendants is that they will hold a part of my father forever. I felt such a tremendous amount of relief and happiness when I first received my jewelry. Yes, he was gone, but I still felt connected to him.
We made many pendants using his cremation remains, and I gave them to every member of my family. I hope that they will serve as a reminder to his great lifetime. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, who served his country during World War II and the Korean War in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, respectively. He was loyal and hard working with a great sense of humor, and I think he would be really proud to know that his legacy will continue to live on, even after his death. I knew that this was a special idea, and that other people would feel the same way about someone special in their lives.
My Sacred Ashes was founded on the belief that it’s important to remember our loved ones, and the lives they led, as it forms our heritage, and provides a link to our past. I want to share this with every person who has ever felt like I did, because these pendants provided a great deal of comfort to me. Maybe they will for you too.