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Memorial Jewelry and the Grieving Process

The grieving process is a challenge for anyone. It is personal to your own experience and relationship to that person, and should be respected and recognized. Bereavement is a difficult concept for us as conscious beings to deal with, and just because you have been through it before doesn’t mean it becomes any easier.

What is the Grieving Process?

Everyone deals with bereavement in their own way, and each individual takes varying amounts of time to come to terms with loss. Although of course each person and situation is different, psychologists have stated that the main stages of grief are as follows:

  1. Denial
  2. Anger
  3. Bargaining
  4. Depression
  5. Acceptance

That is not to say that you will go through these stages in order, nor that you won’t go back to certain ones. It is a complex process and takes time; the final stage being the acceptance this person is gone in our lives. Not that we are now alright and ok with the situation, or that we have forgotten who they are and what they mean to us.

How Memorial Jewelry Can Help

Memorial jewelry can be a way in which to have our loved ones close to us, even if they cannot physically be there. Firstly, you create an item of jewelry that is wholly unique and specially created to memorialize that person. This can be done by including their ashes, petals from their funeral service, flowers from their garden – it is completely your creation dedicated the one you have lost.

This piece of jewelry then becomes more than just metal; it is a beautiful symbol and reminder of that person and all they mean to you. They can be with you whenever you need them to be. You may not wish to wear it daily, but each time you see or touch this item, you are gently reminded of your loved one and all they meant to you, giving you strength when at times the grief can seem overwhelming.

Memorial jewelry is also a great help for those who live a more transient lifestyle or are not close by to the family home. Instead of consigning yourself to one place to ‘remember’ your loved one, like at their graveside, you are giving yourself the opportunity to take that person with you wherever you go. We remember people in our lives all the time. Little things can trigger a response: music, a smell, a place. Memorial jewelry compliments this notion by being able to move with us as we take the next steps in life, wherever they may take us.