Today, March 20, 2014 marks the spring equinox. It is also the first day of spring and the first day in the astrological year. In Greek and Roman mythology this time of year is associated with the story of Persephone and her abduction into the underworld by Hades. Persephone was the daughter of Demeter, the goddess of harvest and fertility. She was an innocent young girl and loved wandering through the fields happily picking flowers. One day, the story goes, Persephone was kidnapped by Hades, the god of the underworld and taken down to his dark land. Demeter was of course grief struck over the loss of her daughter to the underworld and asked the god Zeus to intervene. Zeus was eventually able to strike a deal with Hades that Persephone could return to her mother for a time. However, she would have to return and spend 6 months in the underworld every year. I enjoy meditating on archetypal stories like this and how they point to universal human experience on different levels. The first and most obvious interpretation of this myth is that although the world gets dark and cold for 6 months every winter, spring will always come again with its vibrant new life and growth. A more subtle interpretation of this story is the cyclical nature of the world and the fact that everything dies and rises again in another time and place. This often happens quickly enough we can see it occur in various ways all around us, but there are much slower cycles we cannot so easily perceive. One such slow cycle is that of a human lifetime on this earth. It can be difficult when we lose a loved one because we cannot see that they will ever rise again. But all of life is a cycle and the ones we love are indeed reborn in our memories, our shared stories, and perhaps even in spiritual or physical form in another time or place. So while the signs of life grow ever stronger around us here in the northern hemisphere, know that your grief will also give way to beautiful new things as the ones you loved and lost move joyfully onward to a new adventure in the circle of...read more
The holiday season can be one of the most difficult times of the year for those who’ve lost a loved one. It’s hard to see others enjoying time with their loved ones while those of us who have lost someone have only memories of them. Glass cremation jewelry is one way to honor the memories of those who can’t be present. A beautiful piece of art glass containing their ashes draws many compliments and opens an opportunity to remember them in conversation. Wearing a piece of cremation jewelry reminds not only the wearer, but the whole family or gathering of the one who has passed on. I’ve lost enough friends and family to understand just how much it means to be able to include memories of them during gatherings. Cremation jewelry honors their memory by keeping their ashes close to your heart. Every year around the holiday season I receive many customer emails expressing how much a cremation pendant or cremation memorial marble meant to them and their families during the holidays. Some families even decide to gift a memorial to each family member to wear. It touches me deeply to hear these stories and they keep me going during the long days I spend in the glass studio during this season. During this time of family gathering, I wish an especially deep peace and joy for all who’s loved ones have passed. In peace, Mark...read more
Creating glass cremation memorials is more than a deeply fulfilling occupation for me. I view it as a sacred trust that my customers place in me to create beautiful memorials and send them in a timely manner. Because of this, I take my job very seriously and it takes a whole lot to keep me out of my glass shop making memorials every day. Once or twice a year though, something unexpected seems to happen that prevents me from delivering completed memorials in the 2-4 week time frame I strive so hard to achieve. This is extremely stressful for me when it happens. Not only is there something big in my life that prevents me from working in my glass shop…it also means that my customers must wait longer than they anticipated for their completed memorials. That really bothers me and is particularly frustrating because there’s nothing I can do about it. Sometimes this “something unexpected” can be a huge influx of orders because of some good press that Psyche Cremation Jewelry has received. Sometimes it can be a family or personal health issue. Regardless of the reason, the effects are the same. My customers experience a longer waiting time. At times like this I wish I could clone myself or at least teach someone else to do what I do so I could complete orders faster. Unfortunately, 16 years of experience with glass blowing cannot be taught quickly. It must be slowly developed over years of practice. In the end, I am just one man doing my very best to create and mail completed memorials no later than 4 weeks after I receive the ashes. A few weeks ago, one of these unexpected events happened in the form of a family health emergency. I went to be with them, expecting it would take less than a week of my time. As it turned out, I ended up catching a robust variant of the flu that kept me mostly on my back for the better part of 2 weeks. Today I’m finally up and around, though not yet feeling capable of doing high quality glass work. During these last few weeks I’ve been trying my best to keep up with customer questions and order status inquiries, but have fallen behind a bit. If you haven’t received a response to your inquiry as quickly as you hoped or the delay has negatively impacted you, please accept my sincerest apologies. Please also be assured that your order is very important to me and that I will do everything I can to work hard and create your memorials as soon as I can in the order I received ashes. I respectfully ask for your patience and understanding in this and promise I will send you an update email the moment your memorials are on their way to you. ...read more
In the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice marks the beginning of summer on June 20th at 10:04pm PDT. This is not only the first day of summer, but also the longest day of the year. I’ve always had a personal attachment to the day of summer solstice since it also happens to be my birthday. This year I’m celebrating the summer solstice with my customers by offering a 10% discount on your entire order of cremation jewelry. This discount is available now through June 21st, 2013. Just enter SOLSTICE coupon code during checkout for your cremation jewelry discount. Thanks so much to the hundreds of you who have entrusted me with your loved one’s ashes over this last year. You have touched me deeply with your stories, photos and letters of thanks. I sincerely hope the memorials I’ve created for you have brought you much comfort and peace and that your loved one still feels close. ...read more
On Thursday, December 13, 2012 several major South American news sources picked up a story about the rising popularity of pet memorials in the USA.
One of the two services specifically mentioned in the article was Psyche Cremation Jewelry.
Since the article was released, this website has seen some incredible traffic spikes from Argentina, Brazil, Columbia and a few other South American countries.read more
During the years that I’ve been creating cremation jewelry, I’ve made hundreds of memorials in honor of veterans. Some of these veterans fell in action, while some passed of other causes. Every one of them identified as a soldier though, and the photos I receive to look at while creating their memorials almost always include at least one in formal military dress. Spending so much time creating memorials of these brave men and women has given me a lot to think about. Their friends, families and fellow soldiers often use words to describe them such as “brave, honorable, kind, bold, and patriotic.” These are people we depended on to do the difficult jobs we couldn’t or didn’t want to do. The people who risked their lives and bodies to keep a world order in which we can still live in relative abundance. The cumulative sacrifice that veterans have made is mind-boggling, yet how many of us think of it more than a few times a year? This weekend, as the nation honors it’s veterans I’d like to do the same by offering a token of my appreciation in the form of a veteran’s discount. This discount applies whether you are a veteran or you’d like to memorialize a fallen veteran with a piece of cremation jewelry. To take advantage of this discount, just place your order between Thursday, November 8, 2012 and Monday, November 12, 2012 using coupon code VETERAN and you will receive 15% off your entire order. Many thanks again to all our...read more
I lost my big tomcat Leo 10 years ago one beautiful spring day. All these years later, I still think of him in the springtime the most. I had just moved into a little cabin on some land in the mountains. I had adopted Leo and his sister Sadie together a couple years before and had moved them into the cabin with me. They liked it there and were very eager to explore outside, but I told them it wasn’t safe. I managed to foil their escape attempts for the first couple weeks and they seemed to have become pretty content with the selection of large, sunny windows with birds outside. The day Leo escaped, I was lying on the floor with him and giving him a belly rub. He was a big cat with a lot of thick, soft belly fur and he liked to be rubbed a little rough. I’d just finished his belly rub when he rolled over lazily and curled his big paw around my arm and hugged it to him. It was one of the best moments I had with him…and one of the last. That afternoon was sunny and warm and I went outside to enjoy the day. As I was leaving, Leo decided he was definitely coming with me this time and made a mad dash for the door from across the room. He disappeared into the forest right away, delighted to have finally begun his adventure. The next 3 days my girlfriend and I spent hours combing the forest and calling his name, visiting neighbors we hadn’t met yet, and posting flyers with his photo on them. Leo was a big tough tomcat so we thought he might just be on a kitty vision quest or something. On the third day, I was walking down a little path and spotted his body right in the middle of the path. An animal had killed my big buddy in his prime. It was the first time I’d ever had a pet die and I was depressed for many weeks. I couldn’t believe the impact it had on me, my girlfriend, and Leo’s sister Sadie. Sadie would spend hours just staring out the window or sitting on the porch waiting for Leo to come back. It wasn’t the contented lounging Sadie usually enjoyed, but a sad vigil she kept with the hope that Leo would surely not leave her forever. After watching her this way for a couple months, we decided maybe another companion kitty would help her and us both. We adopted Huna, a mischievious little cat who Sadie both loved and despised, depending on his behavior. Huna kept Sadie distracted by attacking her when she stared too long out the window, and he comforted her by cuddling up with her when she was sad. None of us forgot Leo of course. We still talked about him and missed him, but the distraction of a new furry friend and the act of giving of love to him helped us all heal a little faster. Another thing that helped me to heal was spending hours of time on the torch in my glass shop. That’s good thinking time for me since I’m completely focused on the glass and outside distractions fade away....read more
One of the questions I’m asked most often is “Do you have any pet cremation jewelry brochures I can have to share with others?” The requests come from veterinary offices, pet rescues, pet grief support groups, and satisfied customers who want to share with their friends. It’s taken me a while to create a brochure I feel good about, but it finally happened and it’s hot of the press! If you’d like some of these brochures, please email me with: Your affiliation (ie: veterinarian, pet rescue, customer) How many brochures you’d like Where you plan to share them Your mailing address Premium quality printing isn’t cheap, so I ask that you only request as many brochures as you think you’ll share in the next few months. If you run out and want more, I’ll be glad to send some. In closing, I want to give a warm thank you to those who continue to share this website with so many of your friends and neighbors. I truly appreciate your help in letting people know about this unique way to honor the memory of the furry folks we miss so...read more