Memorial Jewelry for Loss of Husband: From Ashes to Diamonds
Your home. The other half of your heart. Your paradise on earth. Your heartbeat. Your safety and refuge.
Your husband is likely the most important person in your entire world. So what happens when life decides it’s time to take your husband away from you? What happens when you lose your husband and have a son and daughter with him? How do you cope with the death of a husband? While grief is never easy, memorial jewelry for loss of husband can help give you a lasting reminder of your soulmate and the love the two of you shared while he was with you here on earth.
Sudden Loss of Mina’s Husband Changed Her Life Forever
On a cold winter night in December of 2014, Mina was working long hours at a local community hospital when she received a phone call that would change her life forever. Nothing could have prepared her for the news she heard that night.
“I was in a patient’s room when my manager came to tell me I had a phone call,” she explains. “My husband, Greg, had been brought into the ER that night. He overdosed. They were not able to revive him.”
Mina immediately called her dad to share the heartbreaking news. Suddenly, everything became very narrow in her field of perception and the reality that her husband was downstairs. In the same hospital. Dead – began to set in. Mina elaborates on the situation:
“It was too much to bear. I had so many questions. When? Where? How? Greg told me when we were dating a year before we got married that he used to battle addiction. However, in the three years we were married I never knew him to use any type of substance. He wouldn’t even touch a beer, let alone die from a drug overdose! It didn’t make any sense to me.”
Greg was a recovering drug addict. That night when she was at work, he had met up with some old buddies from high school he had not seen in years. While hanging out with them, he relapsed on heroin.
Once someone has spent a significant amount of time sober, their tolerance to a drug or substance they used to abuse goes down and they are much more likely to overdose if they do relapse. As reported in the Huffington Post, Dr. David Sack, CEO of Elements Behavioral Health talks about the dangers of relapse following treatment:
“The greatest risk to a person who is in early treatment and who relapses is the threat of overdose because they have no tolerance but also they often have poor judgment in how much they should be using.”
Death of her Husband Came Crashing in like a Wrecking Ball
Mina talks about how it felt to hear the news of her husband’s death. “It hit me hard. Seriously. It felt like a strong gut punch that took the wind out of me and left me breathless.” Her immediate grieving period was intense, as is the case often when someone dies young and suddenly – such as her husband Greg. Afterall, he was only 32 years old when he died, and had his entire life ahead of him.
Memorial Jewelry Provides a Lasting Sense of Unity
It really wasn’t a difficult decision for Mina to make to have Greg cremated. Afterall, he had a life insurance policy in place that covered the cost of cremation and had already expressed his desire for cremation. What became difficult was when Mina searched for options for what to do with his ashes or remains. Would she be able to turn it into remembrance jewelry to memorialize her husband?
Should she keep them in an urn? Scatter them? None of those options felt quite right, so when she stumbled upon the idea of having his ashes turned into an authentic diamond, she was all for it. Greg’s favorite color was blue, so she had a gorgeous princess-cut sky blue diamond made and set into a stunning 14K yellow-gold solitaire ring.
“Not a day goes by that I don’t stare at my ring and feel a connection to Greg. This piece of memorial jewelry has created an eternal bond with my husband and I will cherish it until my very last breath.“ – Mina