Death is not a humorous topic, but this is our life right now:
Crabby and I aren’t getting any younger, or stronger for that matter, and our ground is beyond hard. Maude will be 14 on November 15. We have more than one reason to hope she lives forever, one of which is she’s a big girl. Burying the kids that Heaven needed more has always been an act of love, however, with each one passing as the years go by, golly if the hole doesn’t get harder and harder to dig.
Crabby and I already discussed cremation as the option for when the need arises again, but somehow it seems to me to be a cop-out. Blisters for the kids of the past, but convenience for the kids of the future? Yup, I am already feeling guilty for something that hasn’t even occurred: Not putting out the proper effort to lay my kids to rest. Yes, we would bury the ashes with their brothers and sisters, but let’s face it, the hole wouldn’t have to be all that deep.
But there is a way to honor and remember my kids, even with cremation, but without the guilt: Sisu Beads.
I am happy to say that I have not actually come into possession of any of the memorial keepsakes from Sisu Beads, but I certainly will in the future. I have however, read every customer review on the web site and it appears company founders Gina Barbosa and Julie Steele have created a winner.
From the Sisu Beads Website: Sisubeads.com website
“When our amazing friend Michelle went to Heaven, we desired a secure, discreet way to honor her and keep her with us. We designed Sisu Beads memorial jewelry as a tangible way to stay connected. Every Sisu Bead is hand sculpted with love. The cremation ashes are hand mixed with the glaze and fired into the bead. For our fine silver memorial jewelry, the cremation ashes are hand mixed with a fine silver clay and then fired into the silver. We can also make Sisu Beads with a few locks of hair. The hair is mixed with the clay when your bead is sculpted.”
What a wonderful way to honor a lost loved one! To carry a part of them with you forever! In my case, I’m not responsible enough to wear something so precious. However, the thought that some day, when I’m cremated, I can have a part of my kids cremated with me, well, I find a certain comfort in that.
Memorial beads can be purchased as separate beads or incorporated into Jewelry. For those of you with multiple memories;
The Mana Memorial Bracelet
and the Classic Memorial Necklace
both have the capacity to add beads in the future.
Beads are available in many colors and any unused ashes will be returned, that last part a very important to very important to everyone, I’m sure.
Everyone handles the death of a loved one differently, and some may cringe at what is suggested here, but there are those who might find this option is exactly what they’re looking for.
I apologize to Julie and Gina of Sisu Beads. I have been writing and re-writing this post since September 18, 27 times, according to my WordPress revisions record. No matter how many times I edited it, it never seems to do justice to your work, so I stalled and stalled. I don’t believe even this post does justice, but at least the mention is out there for those who might find comfort in what Sisu Beads has to offer. Again, I apologize if this post falls short.