I know that most everyone my age has lost a loved one. Many, like me, have lost both parents. When my mother died, I needed to settle her estate quickly because my brother had colon cancer, and I wanted him to see that his wife would get his part of the estate. I worked so hard and had it settled in two months. He passed three months after my mother. I did not grieve for a long time. I struggled to adjust to a life without my mother. My father had died years earlier, and I still had her, and my brother and I adjusted to that. I loved my dad, goodness, I did. I needed to take care of my mother, so I did. We had such fun celebrations.
At about the second anniversary of her entering her Eternal Home, I was ready to think about her jewelry. I took a portion to Steve Burrus at Artisan Jewelry. Steve allowed me to grieve during the process as I began to let go. He saw me cry on more than one occasion, as little pieces of my mom's life, her fine jewelry, was made into something new. It needed to be in my timing, and Steve was gracious and talked me through it.
It has been seven years now, and I had four pieces of jewelry that she wore every working day and on Sundays, her solid gold round earrings. They were the hardest for me to let go of because they were the closest to her for so many years. I know this may sound strange, but these were her last pieces of jewelry. I had decided just to keep them. I would never wear them. They sat in a box on a shelf.
I had our charm bracelets connected and loved the two together, but I just don't enjoy bracelets. I decided I would go back to visit Steve Burrus at Artisan Jewelry and ask him what he could do. He compassionately listened, let me cry, and helped me decide on a charm necklace. He took the combined bracelets, inserting my mother's chain into the hand made chain and added back all of the memory-filled charms!
My Mother's ...
Washing the feet of Jesus
#1 Grandma (we call her Nanny)
"L" for Lorena
My charms ...
Dome ring given to me by my aunt and uncle
My 25th Anniversary ring
My Mother's four-round gold earrings
My Grandmother Etter's locket given to her by my grandfather
My Grandmother Etter's wedding set
Birthstone charm ring first gift from Clinton
My baby ring
Gold nugget that both our children cut their teeth on
Girl for our daughter
Diamond heart, an early gift from Clinton
Pearl drop from our wedding from Peggy & TC
Shoes because I was a shoe salesperson
Graduation ring charm (PHS Class of 1973)
Boy for our son
Diamond snowflake from Clinton
The Golden Rule
I think I will enjoy having this to wear. Thank you to Artisan Jewelry!