|some of Mom's cremains with a yellow rose I got for her when she died|
|yes, a canning jar. If you knew her, you'd know how appropriate this really is|
Today is the 5 year anniversary of Mom's death. It sucks, I'm sad, life goes on.
I thought that today I would share my own personal reliquary with you. This is really where my passion lies; creating personal memorials, reliquaries, mourning jewelry.
Before Mom died, we talked about me making an urn necklace for her ashes. In a letter, she told me she had a dream that it was heart shaped. Okay, I can do that.
After a few months, I started some sketches. I'd need certain elements that related to her: a heart, a bird, and something cheeky. So the final design became a heart shaped urn with a carving of a bird. The bird is holding a banner that reads "I'm her favorite". The running joke between us 9 kids. I think she really meant it when she told each of us that we were her favorite.
but it was really me.
On the back, I carved a little epitaph:
Love Never Dies
Herein lies Georgianne V. Hernandez
10.24.46 - 2.10.06
beloved mother, sister, aunt and friend
Here's the original wax model I carved:
I then had a mold made from my wax model. From there, I had the pieces cast in sterling silver.
Once I had them all polished and ready for the ashes, I decided to webcam 2 of my sisters. At the time, we were unable to have all of us on screen together, so Carla is on camera with me and Saca is chatting. I wanted them with me when I opened up Mom's ashes to add to the urns.
|me, Jack and Carla onscreen. Saca & Paul via chat|
|I added this rocking chair to the box to be interred with her. Some of us also wrote letters and drew pictures and added them as well.|
The final step was to add Mom's ashes to each necklace. Once the ashes were in, I set a clear crystal cabachon over the opening. This way you can see inside and see her ashes. I also like to think of it as a window for Mom to look out of.
So there it is. I wear mine every day.
|photo by my sister Carla|