Keeping them close: Memorial jewelry, unique items keep memories alive

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jewelryAfter a friend or loved one passes away it isn’t uncommon to wish you could still be close to them. An entire industry is growing based on trying to make this wish come true.

Memorial gifts and keepsakes continue to grow alongside the trend toward cremation, according to the National Funeral Directors Association.

Ashes are being used in creating keepsake jewelry from rings and bracelets to necklaces and pendants. Other trends include using the ashes in a unique blown glass or stained glass work to be displayed.

There seems to be no limit to the creativity people tap into to keep their loved ones close. Some tattoo artists will mix some cremated remains in with ink in creating a memorial tattoo.

Though many of these ideas surround using the ash remains of the loved one there are additional options for those who don’t choose cremation. Choices might include making a rosary or jewelry out of the petals of the flowers that were on a casket, making a quilt from the loved one’s favorite blankets or clothing, and memory or bereavement bears use a piece of a grandparent’s clothing to create a stuffed bear for a child. Too, a time-honored keepsake, a lock of hair, can be incorporated into many of the glass and artwork offerings, just like cremated remains.

The opportunities to memorialize a deceased friend or family member are endless, according to the Cremation Association of North America. “Let your creativity reign and ask your funeral director about different options,” suggests the association.

Some pre-designed pendants in the shapes of tubes, hearts and crosses are designed to open and hold a “token amount” of ashes, according to the Cremation Society of Illinois.

The family and staff at Friedrich-Jones and Overman-Jones funeral homes in Naperville and Plainfield are among those who offer unique options to friends and family members. They work with several companies to offer items such as pendants made with the deceased fingerprint called “Thumbies.” They also work with a company that will place cremated remains inside a variety of keepsakes from sculptures to decorative picture frames and even wind chimes.

For more information on memorial keepsakes, contact Friedrich-Jones Naperville at 630-355-0213 or Plainfield at 815-436-9221 or visit

In Celebration of National Coffee Month

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National Coffee Month

While Americans may be divided on certain hot topic political issues, here is something that unites us – about 83 percent of American adults drink coffee. The rich aroma and the crisp taste of your morning brew is something most adults agree on.

August is National Coffee Month, and we thought we would celebrate with some health benefits and fun facts about America’s favorite morning fuel. Pull up a chair, sit down, and enjoy a cup of your favorite morning drink while you read.

Health Benefits of Coffee

  • Drinking coffee can lower the risk of heart failure.
  • According to one study, coffee consumption results in a lower rate of certain cancers among women.
  • Coffee can also reduce the risk of diabetes, improve your driving and lower the risk of kidney stones, among other health benefits.
  • Coffee can help you live longer. In case you are wondering, the health benefits stemming from coffee consumption are roughly the same between caffeinated or decaffeinated brews.

Not bad, for a morning drink.

Fun Facts About Your Morning Cup of Java

  • The only commodity traded more heavily worldwide than coffee is oil. That’s how much people love their morning cup.
  • Coffee beans are the pit of berry. They come from fruit.
  • The average coffee drinker consumes three cups of coffee per day.
  • The Arabic word for coffee is qahhwat al-bun, which translates to wine of the bean.

Friedrich Jones values maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and coffee can play a key part in that. For more information on our funeral services, you can contact Friedrich Jones. Visit our website at for more information. You can contact our Naperville location at (630) 355-0213 or Plainfield at (815) 436-9221.