Life has a way of propelling you in different directions and sometimes events in your life can set you on a whole new course. Creating jewelry was always a passion of mine in my evening hours, while I spent my days as a social worker, but that all changed on September 19, 2014. My step-father took his life that day and my world was forever altered. To say I was devastated doesn't seem to capture the full emotion of what I was experiencing. Through my grief, I found ways to create remembrances of him and to continue to keep his memory alive. I wanted a way to have a piece of him that I could carry with me. Creating cremation jewelry began by fusing his ashes into glass that I set into various jewelry settings. The first time I put on a necklace I made that had his ashes, I truly felt his spirit. It brought me some peace and I found comfort in this memorial jewelry. Knowing how much it helped me through my grief, I wanted to offer this for others who have experienced the loss of loved ones.