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Grieving the Loss of Your Senior Spouse by Jackie Waters

June 2nd, 2017

Grieving the Loss of Your Senior Spouse   Although you’ve always heard that grieving is a natural process, in the moment, it feels like the most awful and unnatural thing you’ve ever experienced. Losing a spouse is hard enough without the roller coaster of emotions that follows. H... Read More

Adventures/ Inspiration at Work with My Grandson

March 30th, 2017

Such a blessing to spend time at work with 9 year-old Ben, who loves to paint almost as much as I do. What is especially inspiring is his excitement to do new and challenging projects. He is working on a kit that has a wooden  police car, a firetruck, and a helicopter. He's learning that when ... Read More

Sharing Life, Death, and Love with Chloe

April 14th, 2016

I recently had my four year-old granddaughter, Chloe, stay the weekend. I kept being reminded by her enthusiasm and delight over simple things of how I, too, felt at that age over those things. We made art projects with glitter...LOTS of glitter. We went to the library and she was enthralled with a... Read More

Gavin: A Short but Powerful Life

July 31st, 2014

The following are some excerpts Gavin's mother, Kate, wrote about her experience: "There really aren't any 'rule books' or 'how to' books when it comes to grieving the devastating loss of a child. And that's especially true when it comes to choosing an urn.  It's quite possibly the worst job... Read More

A Delightful Connection

June 14th, 2014
Blue Bells Urn

"I wanted to let you know Ross passed away. I also wanted to thank you for the caring way you worked with Ross and the "muse" to provide such a beautiful resting place.  He so enjoyed the entire creative process and the wonderful relationship he had with his artist. I must admit I was not sure... Read More

Cremation Thoughts and Insights

March 9th, 2014

A teeny bit of history from Sacred Journey Vessels: In ancient Rome, around 753 B.C. to 100 A.D., cremation was the main form of disposing of a body. Then societal pressures caused the practice of burial to dominate. Cremation became associated with paganism, and with Christianity on the rise, Em... Read More

Critter's Legacy

December 7th, 2013

My son, Chad, and his wife, Tabitha, asked me to create a special urn for their sweet kitty, Critter. It is heart-wrenching when a family member as beloved as Critter passes on, so I did my best to capture the essence of this beautiful creature. They expressed their gratitude for the finished work.... Read More

Hidden Images Depict A Life

September 2nd, 2013

This medium-sized urn was ordered by a woman who asked to have subtle images added in a way that when one looked at the urn, they'd see the whole of the design; but then when they looked more closely, they would see the shapes enclosed within the waves of color. She requested her dog's face, sea sh... Read More

Jerry's Lodge

August 10th, 2013
Camp Scene

"We wanted to express how much we love the urn you painted for us.  You did an amazing and beautiful job." Jerry's wife and daughter worked with me on this urn to include his most favorite things: He loved his cabin and spent many years improving it, many seasons hunting and fishing there. I... Read More

The Loon

July 25th, 2013

A woman came to buy an urn as part of her pre-planned funeral arrangements. She loves loons and wanted an abstract black and white representation of one that filled the whole urn rather than a picture of one on the urn. Now, this was could I paint a loon in the shape of an urn? She lov... Read More

Black Roses

June 28th, 2012
Black Roses

This mother requested that her urn be decorated with three roses connected to each other to represent her three daughters. She wanted the urn's background to be lavender and the roses black. I painted it so that there were three different groupings of the roses with smaller roses and buds all over ... Read More

Father and Child's Artwork

March 31st, 2012

While I don't paint portraits of people on my urns, since this one was drawn by the child himself, I made an exception. His father sent three pictures that he had drawn to represent his son's favorite things: his home, his cats, and playing with his dog. Designs between the drawings and angels at t... Read More


February 20th, 2012

Frankie was a 22 year-old Army veteran who was an Eagle Scout, a champion wrestler, a drummer, and was fondly remembered by his sister for excorting her to school in his bright red car. His parents requested these images as well as 22 stars in the flag and around the rim to commemorate Frankie's ag... Read More

Community Cat Urn

October 17th, 2010

This woman wanted an urn for her beloved cats to share. The deceased pets' names are above the tulips and among the branches in a tree on the urn's back. She was pleased with the results, as was I! Read More

Young Girl Designs Her Own Urn

December 22nd, 2007

Her mother wrote: "Sharon, you are a blessing from God. Thank you so much for sharing your special gift with others who really appreciate it. I do think God had us talk; it was all in His Big Plan!  You helped me! and I thank you for that. Stay a beautiful person. You have a kind and giving so... Read More