There is nothing quite as difficult as losing someone you love. The emotional, financial, and familial strains that are placed on everyone are immense, and the only thing on everyone’s mind is to remember their loved one in the most appropriate and beautiful way possible.
Mourning jewellery has been available since the 16th century, but is largely associated with the Victorian era, in which mass production made it more affordable. This jewellery consisted of pieces such as ashes pendants, keepsakes, necklaces, and bracelets. In this way, mourners were allowed to carry a piece of their loved one with them so they would always be remembered.
Surprisingly, this jewellery has come back into style for contemporary mourners. Ashes pendants and other ash keepsakes can be purchased with urns to hold a small amount of ashes from the cremation. While the styles may have changed, the basic concept has remained the same. This is a way for people to carry a small piece of their loved one with them. It brings comfort to some to have that physical evidence of their loved one with them, and with a piece like a necklace, it can be done with beauty.
According to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), there has been a 20% rise in cremation rates over the last decade. Part of this is due to the fact that cremation allows families to keep an urn as a symbol of their loved one and create cremation keepsakes. Another reason for this jump is the cost of a traditional funeral. There are nearly 1 million non-degradable caskets put into the earth each year, and while they can be an ornate and beautiful sight, the expenses are very high and the environment is suffering. In addition, a green burial (biodegradable urn or casket) can cost a fraction of the amount that a traditional casket does, and honor your loved one in a beautiful and environmentally friendly way. Some green burial containers can even grow plants after being buried.
There are infinite ways to honor the memory of the ones you’ve lost. On one hand, memorial keepsakes and ashes pendants are unique sympathy gifts, and serve as a wonderful way to remember your loved ones. On the other hand, a beautiful green burial is just as beautiful. Everyone remembers their loved ones in different ways, so take your time and choose a keepsake that will honor your loved one in its own unique way.