Mom’s final resting place a treasure trove of memories

I began searching for the perfect urn for my mother’s ashes even before she took her last breath. That may seem morbid, but putting energy into creating a memorial that would honor her life gave me something positive to embrace during those final dark days.

I scoured the Internet yet nothing was jumping out at me as ideal for Mom. I thought about getting the same urn that I had gotten for my father. It rotates and allows you to add multiple photos. I have received great comfort from the urn, which I filled with photos from Dad’s young bachelor days to the end of his life.

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Still, I wanted Mom’s final resting place to be unique. That’s when I stumbled upon Blocks from the Heart. (The following is not a solicited review, just my experience.)

Katie Patton is the artist that operates Blocks from the Heart. She offers memorials in a variety of formats, from blocks to memory poles and ornaments. She makes memorials for both humans and pets. She is great to work with, very responsive and determined to create a work of art worthy of your loved one.

I chose a keepsake box. I loved the idea of having 5 sides (including the top) to create a tribute to my mother’s life. It also was a challenge; how do you sum up your mother’s life in 5 ways?

On the top of box, Katie merged a glamour shot of my mother as a young woman with a poem that my mother had chosen before her death as a way to remember her. Then I paid homage to her being an animal lover with a childhood photo holding the beloved family dog, her Navy career, her glamorous side and finally, being a loving mother.

More images of my mom’s keepsake box can be seen on Facebook.

The results were amazing. I love the box and my only regret is that I didn’t create it while Mom was alive. I think she would have been thrilled and touched!

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2 responses to “Mom’s final resting place a treasure trove of memories

  1. Oh Joy, I’m so sorry I wasn’t here to support you with comments as you blogged about your mom’s death. We’ve been in this chaotic move and I haven’t had much connection to the internet. I’m just reading about this now. My heart goes out to you. In skimming through some of your posts, I can see that you have been so strong and facing reality with logic and reason. This memory box is a lovely idea. I’m so glad you had it made for her and yourself. There are no words for times like these. I’ll say some prayers for both of you and I’m holding you in my heart. Hugs.

  2. Thank you Lori for your kind words. It has certainly been a tough year, but many lessons learned. I’m glad you arrived safely and are settling in.

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