If you don’t want to memorialize family members with headstones in crowded cemeteries, this creative couple from Seattle has taken a much more artistic approach—and their creations are breathtaking.
Greg and Christina Dale specialize in turning the cremated ashes of people’s loved ones into swirling, colorful glass sculptures and pendants—and already 50,000 of their memorials have helped families to grieve and remember.
Greg first got the idea for the unique labor of love after he and his wife were forced to consider funeral arrangements for his father.
“I almost lost my father to a surgery,” Greg told Good News Network. “We were going over options if I lost him and the idea for our amazing business was hatched.
“Getting shot out into space, fireworks, and becoming part of a reef are great ideas we went over,” he added. “But I realized everyone is looking for help healing, and I thought beautiful glass art would help.”
Although Greg’s father apparently made it through the surgery, he did end up using his grandparents’ ashes to make a memorial of his own—a fitting start to the Dales’ work.
Since launching their Artful Ashes business back in 2012, they have made more than 50,000 glass memorials, sculptures, and pendants for mourners.
Clients are only required to send the Dales one tablespoon of ashes for the artists to handcraft a memorial within four weeks.
The creations cost up to $185 apiece—but some of the glowing testimonials that the Dales have received on their memorials have proven to be priceless.
If you want to order a memorial of your own or check out more of the Dales’ stunning work, be sure and check out the Artful Ashes website or Facebook page.
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