Grief is such a tricky thing.  It affects us in ways we would never imagine.  I have experienced too much grief in my life.   However, I can honestly say that grief changed my life trajectory and I think it was for the better. 

My brother Peter was 10 months younger than me and died when he was 27.  He was my best friend.  We were very close, and his death rocked me to my core. It took a lot to move past it.  After Pete died my philosophy on life changed and the phrase “Live with no regrets” became my mantra. 

My Dad died a short 10 years later from a heart attack at age 60.  I had an epiphany of sorts after he died, realizing that waiting for the right time may never come and that I literally had to seize the day.  As cliché as it sounds you never know when your time is up. I realized I had been putting my dreams on a backburner waiting for the right time with my kids.  I went back to school to become a Goldsmith the year after he passed, and I’ve never looked back.

I’m not sure why I never realized it before, but grief has heavily influenced how I work with my clients.  I work with a lot of clients who want to repurpose a piece of jewellery using sentimental gold from a lost loved one.  I can empathize with these clients so much; feel their pain and I fully understand how important it is to them to have something to remember their loved ones by. Sentimental gold is exactly that and it’s precious!  Making sentimental jewellery is one of my specialties and it is so rewarding.  Sitting down with clients during our initial consultation, hearing their story really motivates me to work even harder to create the perfect piece and give my client a little sense of comfort.