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About the Child Loss Keepsakes
The My Forever Child™ Collection was born out of a desire to create unique keepsakes for those touched by the loss of a child. No matter what age the child died at, it is very important for the grieving parent to have their child remembered and acknowledged. Even though the child is not with them physically, the parental feelings of love do not disappear. Parenthood is not measured by the length of time spent raising a child. The child is always in the parent's heart, hence the phrase "My Forever Child".

Our jewelry and keepsakes are not only for the parents of a lost child, but for anyone who wishes to have a handmade and personalized memorial item. While nothing will replace a child or take away the heartache, many mothers, fathers, siblings and grandparents find comfort and healing in wearing our personalized remembrance jewelry to keep memories of their children close to their hearts. We have a large collection of memorial jewelry and sympathy gifts for comfort after the loss of siblings, spouses, partners, parents, grandparents, friends, and even pets. Often times we do not express our feelings to others, so we keep our sadness and grief inside. Our pieces can help you express, without words, on the outside what you feel on the inside. Jewelry is one of the most treasured and personal material possessions we can own. Wearing or displaying an item from the My Forever Child collection is a beautiful way to acknowledge, remember, and honor someone who has touched your life, and gone too soon. Read our Client Testimonials

We pride ourselves on high quality materials and skilled workmanship. We strive to have unique designs with styles that will be treasured for years. All of our keepsakes make perfect gifts for friends who have lost children, or other loved ones. The heartfelt gift itself will speak volumes at a delicate time when words of comfort are uneasy to say. We can ship directly to the recipient with a gift card from you at no extra charge.

Each piece is handcrafted with care by the artist. Please view the estimated processing time for each item in the product description. Some items, especially those that require personalization or metalsmithing, are labor intensive and require numerous steps and refinements before completion.  We will notify you if there will be a significant time delay. Small variations from the photographs may occur based on the availability of the components used.

Please let us know if there is something that you would like, but don't see in our collection. We know how important it is to have the right memento just for you and we will try to fulfill your request. Also, if you would like to combine elements of two different pieces, this can usually be accomplished easily, so please ask us. We are constantly creating and adding new pieces to the My Forever Child collection, so please check back often and sign up for our free VIP List to receive information about new products, events, specials, and free giveaways!

About Our Logo
Our logo is a heart with footprints, symbolic of the ink footprints taken of a child at birth. This is usually the first memento a parent receives when their child comes into this world. It is also representative of the popular saying, "Little footprints have left a mark on my heart". The loop in the top of the heart is to symbolize the many tears shed in grieving over the lost child.

About Our Story
From the book, "Remembering Our Angels-Personal Stories of Healing From a Pregnancy Loss" by Hannah Stone, available at lulu.com

My son Matthew Kristopher was stillborn at 37 weeks gestation due to a complete placental abruption. It took several months for me to recover physically, but much longer emotionally. I joined local and online support groups to help with the healing process. Later on I was able to be a speaker at support groups for newly bereaved parents. I still keep in touch with friends that I made in the support groups. We understand each other in ways that regular friends can’t relate to.

During the time of my grief, I scoured every mail order catalog and website listings looking for items that were specifically for pregnancy or child loss, however these were hard to come by. I had to fill myself up with tiny comforts as I called them in order to feel a little bit better. It made me feel like I was doing something for him, since I was not allowed to raise him here on Earth. I also made a memorial website in his honor, planted a garden in our backyard, and designed a tattoo of baby footprints inside a heart with wings and a halo.

The birth of my subsequent son 18 months later was both overwhelmingly joyous and yet, cut the emotional scars back open. It was then that I realized that I didn’t just want to forget about what I went through and move on. During this phase of healing my mind started racing again as I thought up ways to make a difference in pregnancy and infant loss. My mission was forming: to create items of comfort for those touched by the loss of a child, raise awareness, and donate to charitable causes related to child loss. Working towards a goal helped to keep me going, even at times when I wanted to throw in the towel. I had been making jewelry for years as a hobby, so it seemed like a natural progression to combine my love of jewelry making with pregnancy and infant loss awareness.

I have had my website, MyForeverChild.com since 2005. I design and create a majority of the jewelry, and I put a lot of thought into each piece. Many of the pieces come with cards explaining the symbolic nature of the charms and meaning of the gemstones and birthstones used. I also engrave and personalize the pieces further. Usually, parents like to see their child’s name in print. It is a way to show that they are remembered. For many people, wearing one of my handcrafted keepsakes is a tangible way to honor the child that is no longer with them physically, but alive within their hearts. It is through helping other bereaved families that I have found the greatest healing.

©Susan Mosquera

 

You can read more about our story here:

Faces Of Loss article 12/9/10

Stories of Hope article 12/9/10 

 

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