MemryStones Make a Difference for the Dying Too

 

I Forgive Stone1

Hands holding a MemryStone. So often this would signify someone’s passing, but not here, not this photograph. These hands belong to a hospice patient in Dallas, TX (her name has been withheld for privacy’s sake) who will use this MemryStone to share a message and connection with her daughter after she’s gone.

The words come from a book, The Four Things That Matter Most by Ira Byock, M.D. Dr. Byock has worked in palliative care for many years and has suggested in his book, that the most important things to say at end of life are as follows:

  • Please forgive me.
  • I forgive you.
  • Thank you.
  • I love you.

The MemryStone reads: “Forgive me. I forgive you. I love you. Mom” Precious words for a daughter to carry as a gift of love and reconciliation at end of life and beyond.

[Editor's Note: I never dreamed at the beginning of this project how moving and deeply meaningful MemryStones would turn out to be. I consider myself blessed to have been given the opportunity to bring this idea to life.]

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MemryLane is an outreach of MemryStone, makers of ceramic markers which survivors inscribe with a message and send through the cremation process with someone who has died. The MemryStones return intact as a more personal form of identity confirmation and as a lasting touch-stone for memory. Online purchase options available for family and survivor groups across the country.

 

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