Everlasting Memories Created by a Dog’s Love

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It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are. – Anonymous

Anonymous really knew his or her stuff. He or she probably knows a thing or two about memories and the impression dogs leave on our hearts.

Brandy

My baby girl, forever loved.

One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to face in my life as a dog mom has been letting my baby girl go and knowing our time here on Earth had come to a close. I will never say that the time we spend with our loved ones ends because for me, love never ends.

After seeking the help of a grief counselor and realizing the only way to face the loss was to wade through it, with its murky waters and deep never wavering strangle hold on me. I wanted so very much not to feel the pain of the reality that my dog’s physical presence was gone. Are you loving someone today? Missing someone today? I know exactly how you feel.

When my little girl passed away, my spouse and I decided to have her body cremated, and she remains here with us in our home. I’ve always longed for a piece of jewelry since my dog’s passing that I could wear in her memory. I have the dog tattoo on my leg, the pictures of her around the house, and most notably, her presence in my heart. Sometimes though, I wish I could feel her next to me and think of the day when I am with her again.

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Missing my little girl forever.

Everlasting Memories understands. When approached by this company with the notion of sharing “cremation jewelry,” I hesitated. My dog passed away in October of 2008, and I felt as if time taught me the harsh lesson that she would never return. Walking down the daunting road of grief again might really not be healthy for me, I surmised. It was only then that I realized that carrying a piece of my baby girl with me is something I’ve wanted to do for a while. So I asked Everlasting Memories to show me more and explain what they are all about.

I selected a piece of jewelry from the expansive collection of items available from Everlasting Memories and then I waited. The jewelry is a discrete way to remember someone you have loved and temporarily lost. For me, someday I will be reunited with my dog and those who have gone before me.

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When I lost my baby girl, I wrote, “As for my hurt, if you’ve loved and lost someone, you are walking that path with me. I view my grief as a suitcase. Some days it’s a cosmetics bag full and others it’s Samsonite gorilla sized. Sometimes I feel like I’m on a carousel in the airport waiting for the form my grief will take. Do I wait days or weeks before I tear up and ache so very much or is today a carry on kind of day where I just take it with me? In any event, I know my luggage always arrives and never gets lost. I’ve learned losing a loved one means gaining a new identity. Victim of grief, survivor of hurt, and eventually carrier of pain.”

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Having this keepsake allows me to take a small piece of her with me.  I found it too painful to put some of her cremains into the jewelry, so I opted for a lock of her hair that I had stored away.

Everlasting Memories sent me the Gold Plated Heart of Hope Urn Necklace and changeable 24 inch chain, should I choose a longer length. It measures   3/4″wide x 1/2″high, and they were kind enough to embroider my baby girl’s name on the back.

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The quality is exceptional, and included in the packet was a filling kit for ease of transfer of whatever you choose to put inside the heart. You might want to just wear the heart as a remembrance of someone, as it is a beautiful piece.

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If you like them on Facebook, you can save five percent on your order by following this link:

https://www.facebook.com/EverlastingMemoriesMemorials/app_262599323761846

Depending on your metal preference and budget, Everlasting Memories has a variety of items including:

  • Sterling Silver
  • Gold Vermeil
  • Gold
  • Pewter and Brass

You can read all about the variety of metals available on this pet jewelry page.

“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” ― Agnes Sligh Turnbull

With this memorial piece of jewelry, you can carry a special memory of a beloved dog close to your heart.

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Me wearing the beloved necklace.

For those of you who have walked the path of losing a dog, my heart aches with you and for you, and I encourage you to have hope that you will meet again somewhere, someday. The memories created by a dog’s love can never be taken away. This much I know is true.

Here are some of our friends who, no doubt, have been touched by the love of a pet in their lives. This is a blog hop:

Note: I was not compensated for this review and all opinions expressed are that of our own here at Fidose of Reality.

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  1. Brandy Noel was a beautiful girl. Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is one of the hardest things to do. I’m glad you have your sweet memories of her and special things to honor her. We have a sculpture of our dog who passed, and we hung her collar and tags around the neck.

    • Carol Bryant says:

      I promised myself I would never say goodbye, just see you soon. That is beautiful that you have a sculpture. I kept her collar and tags and a few other momentos, too. Many hugs to you.

  2. I bought a special memory box to keep pictures and some precious items. I also worked with a couple of artists on Etsy to create some jewelry. Whatever helps…

    –Woofs (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats

  3. That is a beautiful piece of jewelry and Brandy Noel sounds like she was one very loved dog. I know what you mean about carrying the luggage around I am the same way about a few of my OTRB Ferrets. Never know when the tears will happen.

  4. Oh Carol, this post made me tear up. We never really get over the loss of a pet. This is a great to honor Brandy Noel and keep her near you at all times.

    • Carol Bryant says:

      Thanks, Aimee. It is the most devastating thing I have ever gone through. I just cherish that I can carry her memory in all my works and actions and therefore she is never truly “gone.”

  5. The hardest part of being a pet parent is knowing one day, all too soon you will have to say goodbye.

  6. Mom has lost many cats but only one dog so far and it still hurts her ten years later. We have photos of Trine around the house and that is what she needs. Trine will never be forgotten.

  7. I don’t think anyone who has loved and lost a pet cannot relate to this post. I am a puddle of tears here as I know what it’s like to lose your heart dog. This jewelry is exquisite and a wonderful way to “carry” your most beloved pet with you. Thank you for sharing this with your readers, Carol. I am going to the company’s website now to pick something special for my little girl.

  8. The death of a beloved pet is ever bit as devastating as losing a human family member or friend. Your necklace is beautiful and I hope that it helps fill a small space of the void left by Brandy Noel. <3
    Bark More, Growl Less Barking from the Bayou!

  9. That’s a very sweet way of keeping your baby girl close. I’m so glad they contacted you. :)

  10. You brought tears to my eyes – remembering the passing on my beloved Rose. It’s never easy saying goodbye to a beloved pet, the necklace is a beautiful keepsake to hold your memories.

  11. We have a company that is putting ashes into blown glass – beads for necklaces and paper weights. I have my parakeet’s ashes blown into a heart paper weight and it’s on my desk. I also have a local company that will load your dog’s ashes into a shotgun shell! It’s amazing some of the things they are doing now.

  12. I loved your story, though it hurt me so much to read. It’s been 8 months since I have lost JoeJo and the pain is still almost too much to bear. The necklace is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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