During the interview on the memorial service in Colorado, Donnas’ caring philosophy for her aging parents really made me think about some of the families we’ve served that don’t have the stellar communication skills that her family has. The fighting, resentment, and confusion manifests and creates a taxing environment that spills out and splashes everyone around them. This theory of discussing family business without spouses involved seems to simplify a complicated conversation. Eliminating the distance also helps, she’s lucky in that most of her siblings are in the area.
Donna also mentioned the friend that crafted necklaces and bracelets from her mother’s collection of costume jewelry to give to the granddaughters as a personal memorial.
My friend Susan recycles junk jewelry into brooches that are a small reminder of the person that wore them. She’s created beautiful memory jars using found objects like stray game pieces and interesting bits of metal.
Here she’s mounted a photo to an old eyeglass lens. I believe the trendy term is “up-cycled”. I call it trash to treasure.