The Greek word for the soul is Psyche (pronounced “Sigh-key”). In ancient Greece, the soul was personified as a butterfly and the word Psyche can be literally interpreted as “spirit, breath, life or animating force”. The Psyche is the element within a living being that gives them life and personality and continues “to breathe” even after leaving the body.

I chose this name and butterfly image because when you and I work together to create a piece of cremation jewelry, we’re really giving the memory of your loved one’s Psyche a physical manifestation in the world. We’re creating a beautiful piece of art with their physical cremains that enhances their continuing felt presence in your life.

 

The Psyche is the element within a living being that gives them life and personality and continues “to breathe” even after leaving the body.

 

Here’s what mythologist Thomas Bulfinch says about Psyche:

“The Greek name for a butterfly is Psyche, and the same word means the soul. There is no illustration of the immortality of the soul so striking and beautiful as the butterfly, bursting on brilliant wings from the tomb in which it has lain, after a dull, grovelling, caterpillar existence, to flutter in the blaze of day and feed on the most fragrant and delicate productions of the spring. Psyche, then, is the human soul, which is purified by sufferings and misfortunes, and is thus prepared for the enjoyment of true and pure happiness.”

Bulfinch’s Greek and Roman Mythology: The Age of Fable p. 71

 

The Soul Crossing the Styx, Edward Calvert (1844-1883)

If like me you’re drawn to explore this mythology and symbolism further, I’ve compiled a short list of resources you might find interesting:

The story of Psyche and Eros

The Myth of Psyche

Cupid and Psyche

 

Testimonials

Not sure why it entered my mind today to send you a message, but I wanted you to know how special the cremation pendant you made for me is. My beloved cat Olivia died on October 4, 2009 and you made the pendant for me shortly after that.

I don’t even know how to describe the reactions I get to it. From anyone’s perspective, it appears to be just a simple glass pendant. But people comment on it CONSTANTLY. I am not kidding. In the bank, in stores, etc. The person who asks is almost always someone who needs to talk about their pet they have lost. I am not new age-ish at all, but it is like it has an energy that reaches out to those who need it.

My mother and I travel together a lot, and she is actually weary of people commenting on it and my talking to them (she says “I know this story and walks away!), but even she concedes that God is putting me in the right place at the right time for people to notice it that need to talk. It frequently leads to a “dead cat/dog cry-fest” ? but is cathartic for both me and the person who asked about my necklace.

So, I just wanted you to know how much it means to me. It is my most cherished possession and I wear it almost daily. Thank you for creating these wonderful works of art and emotion.
 

~ Robin Rogers

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