And of course we also lost this beautiful girl.
We ordered memorial bracelets from Sisu Beads. (Definitely check out their site, especially the About Us page, which tells the story of how they began, and also explains that "Sisu" is a Finnish word for "embodying a strong will and determination that will prevail through any challenge.")
Sisu Beads makes necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings. We decided on bracelets since we wanted something the hubs and/or I could both wear. With the bracelets, we selected the bead colors we wanted, and the band color.
We selected red for Bailey, pink for Abby, and blue for Simone as those were each of those beauties' "colors."
Here the hubs models the Bailey and Simone bracelets and I model Abby's, while Rita gets an ear rub:
Below is a close-up of the bead and a pic to show how you slide it on/off. And also a not-great photo of me with the Simone bracelet. (We went out for sushi the other night, which Simone used to love, so she came along.)
|The Simone bracelet is a "sky" bead with black band, Abby's is "coral" with dark teal
When you place your order, they send you an "ash collection kit." It takes a VERY small amount - like the size of a watermelon seed will do several beads. The ladies who run Sisu Beads encourage you to send photos of your loved ones. Each bead is handmade with love! (And any unused ash is returned.)
We had 4 Simone bracelets made - for me, the hubs, my brother-in-law and his wife. We plan to use the money she left us to travel on beach vacations - another of the things that she loved - and we'll all wear our bracelets when we go. We thought that would be a nice memorial.
I've met Gina from Sisu Beads in real life and she couldn't be sweeter. In fact, when I sent Bailey's and Abby's ashes in, I sent photos along, and she when she sent the bracelets, she also sent a box of note cards made from my photos. So sweet.
If you are looking for an extra special way to memorialize a loved one, I don't think you can go wrong with a necklace or bracelet or other piece of jewelry from Sisu Beads!
Note: I was not asked to write a review, nor compensated in any way. I just wanted to share this cool company with you all. Pooch Smooches would never review anything we aren't willing to spend our own money on!
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