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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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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Depending on your metal preference and budget, Everlasting Memories has a variety of items including:
- Sterling Silver
- Gold Vermeil
- 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.
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.