Jewelry ideas to remember a lost family member

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When a loved one has passed away, the reality of never being able to see them again becomes overwhelming. Pictures, candles and other things in remembrance placed around your home are some of the different things you can do to help in coping with this loss. A piece of jewellery is also an option when you want to keep a momentum close to you every day.

Cremation Jewelry

Cremation jewellery is available through most funeral homes that make the arrangements for this type of funeral. A small amount of ashes from the cremation process are sealed in a locket, ring or pendant. This is a personal type of remembrance, and it may not be for everyone.

Traditional Heart Pendant

One of the more traditional memory pieces that has been in practice since the Victorian era is a heart locket or pendant. This piece of jewellery that opens up offers a place to put a picture of the lost love one on one side and a lock of their hair on the other side. When closed, the locket is a gold or silver heart, and when opened, it provides two small areas to place these items. This can be worn as a necklace or as a pinned pendant worn on a piece of clothing.

Use a Piece of Your Loved One's Jewelry

When you have lost someone in the military, you have the option of using their dog tags or military ring worn as a necklace. These are personal items from the person you have lost, and it may bring you some solace in keeping them close to you. The same can be done with a wedding ring or a favourite piece of jewellery that your loved one use to wear. You can even have a set of cuff links made into a locket or ring to wear in remembrance. You can also have a ring made in your size out of one of his favourite rings.

Charms and Lockets

Pick out a charm that best speaks to a hobby or a passion of the person that is deceased. If your loved one liked football, skiing or sailing, purchase a charm or locket that denotes her favourite thing. Have it engraved with her name and date of birth and death. You can start a charm bracelet and add a charm each year on the anniversary of the person’s death, or each year on her birthday. You can also just wear a single locket in the shape of one of her favourite things on a necklace.

Religous Jewelry

A religious symbol, such as a cross, is another option when deciding on a piece of jewellery as a momentum of your lost loved one. You can have a favourite saying engraved along with his name on the back. A cross necklace, a favourite saint or any other religious figure may be the piece of jewellery that brings you the most comfort. A ring that is made with a religious symbol is also an option.

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