We have all lost loved ones in our lives and we all search for ways to keep them in our memories and in our hearts. My first ever experience of loss was at the age of twenty four and unfortunately it was the loss of my first child.
I had a beautiful daughter but she was born very premature and was just too little to survive. I left the hospital with a few photos and a card with her hand and foot prints cradled in my arms where my baby belonged. I can't even begin to tell you how distraught I was, I needed to hold my baby yet all I had was paper.
I would spend hours searching for ways that I could make of those few pieces of paper that where the only things I owned to represent my beautiful little girl. I needed physical things I could see, touch and cuddle. I bought the obvious items like teddy bears and angel dolls but nothing truly represented my little girl.
Then one day while on the internet I found an artist in America who made dolls. After looking through her website I started emailing and soon realised she had the answer I was looking for. I sent her copies of the photo's I had of my daughter and all the measurements that where in medical records.
What she sent back can only be described as magical. She had sculpted my daughter to absolute perfection! She had given her a soft body which was weighted with beans to give a life like quality and had even made her a birth certificate, something I had never received, there's no need for a birth certificate when the first to be given is the death certificate. This amazing little doll was perfect in every way; it had my daughter's pretty face, was exactly her size and felt just like her when I held it.
There are no words to accurately describe the feeling holding my doll gave me, memories fade so quickly, no matter how much we want to hold onto them and my doll keeps my memories fresh and keeps my daughter in my arms.
When I decided to start my own business I decided I needed to be able to give others the opportunity to keep their loved close. There was absolutely no way that I could ever create dolls the way the woman who made mine could but I had one strong conviction that many other people don't have, I knew the value of a photo. When all you have left is a photo of your loved one there's nothing more valuable in this whole world.
I started my business engraving people's photos onto silver gifts and jewellry. I couldn't give people a doll to hold but I could give them a necklace that kept their loved ones close to their hearts. I have a great sense of satisfaction from my memorial work. I know that the items I create for people are more than just jewellry of trinkets, they are captured memories that they can hold onto forever.
To see my range of photo engraved jewellry and gifts that can all be engraved with photos of your loved ones visit http://www.angelonmyshoulder.co.uk
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