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Bereavement Pins

“Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near.
Still loved, still missed, and very dear.”
- Unknown

The history of bereavement pins

It’s said the Victorians perfected the art of mourning. In fact, much of what we do around death started with them. Victorians would use a mourning pin to signify a person’s status as a bereaved mourner. Back then, memorial pins were usually made of black enamel, but changing the color of the enamel (white for unmarried, for example) or changing the type of precious stone (pearls for children) used in the design added deeper symbolic meaning.  Also, different colors were used to signify the stage of mourning the wearer was in. 

Someone strictly adhering to the Victorian mourning process would wear some type of mourning jewelry during the funeral, and then for the prescribed period of deep mourning (2-3 years, depending upon the kinship status between you and the deceased). After a time, photographs were incorporated into the design of mourning pins.

Lady in Black, Hallmarked 1/6th-Plate Daguerreotype, Circa 1855

Modern day remembrance pins

Modern day, these pins are commonly referred to as remembrance pins.  Originally worn at the funeral, your loved one’s mourning pin then becomes a memorial keepsake which can be worn and serve as a memorial for a celebration of life.  We believe that life’s moments should be expressed beautifully.  With hundreds of different style lapel pins, we have a pin that can symbolize a memory of a favorite hobby, philanthropy, or family memory.  Memory pins can be gifted to mourners at the funeral of their loved ones. 

Accompanying a custom card that can be used as a prayer card allows you to personalize the gift with a special quote or picture of your loved one.  When mourners all wear the dedicated pin, it creates a personal touch to the ceremony, making the pin a fitting tribute and encouraging unity and togetherness during a difficult time.  Family and friends can either choose to wear their pins on the day of the funeral or for a longer period of mourning and remembrance.  We hope the remembrance pin is later cherished and that it symbolizes great memories and love that you shared together.  

The Perfect Memento for Services

The service of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

“I thought you might like to know that your sweet little butterfly pin was at former First Lady Rosalynn Carter’s final ceremonies and was loved by all. As Mrs. Carter’s personal assistant, I worked with her on her arrangements.

When Secret Service asked me to provide a lapel pin to identify family and key staff, knowing her love and advocacy for monarch butterflies, I searched Amazon, found your site, and ordered your pins. They were such a hit our program participants and special guests wanted them too! Thank you for your good work and for offering us the perfect solution for such an important occasion.”

Pet Bereavement

It is extremely difficult to say goodbye to our pets. Grief can be overwhelming and lonely. Whether you are looking for a special piece like the dog angel or cat angel ornament to represent lost loved ones during the Holidays, or sending support to a friend that is grieving over the loss of a pet, we hope our handmade animal mementos represent a loving memory.

Our heart paw pin can serve as a reminder that they are always in your heart until you meet again, at the Rainbow Bridge.

 “I always knew the day would come when we would have to part, but know you will be remembered. You left your paw prints in my heart. I know how much you miss me, I know your heart is sore, and I see the tears that fall when I am not waiting at the door.

You always did your best for me your love was plain to see, for even though it broke your heart you set my spirit free. So please be brave without me, one day we will meet once more, for when you're called to heaven I will be waiting at the door.”

Ologies with Alie Ward

If you have a physical body, or know someone who does, this episode is for you! Hello, we’re all going to die. And we’re probably all going to lose someone we love. Thanatologist Coel Imperi has become a dear friend and on July 17, 2022 we pulled up to a street corner in LA to chat about what she’s been up to and how to cope with the loss of a loved one. Hear about the blooming of friendship and the passing of your Grandpod, then after the break it’s a solo advice dump from me – your internet dad – with all of the handy tips that listeners and Cole gave me as I have been Going Through It. 

Everything is going to be okay. It might suck here and there, but the best we can do is love hard, live fully, and cherish the memories. Also: cut bangs, text your crush, eat a tiny ice cream cone.

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