Remembering our angels

It’s hard losing someone we love. There are no words to describe the heartbreak, the feeling of loss, the complete devastation that losing someone close to us can cause. Everyone deals with this loss in their own way, but I think one thing that everyone can agree on is that no one wants their loved one to be forgotten. A memorial lantern is a beautiful way to remember those that have passed away. They make a lovely gift for friends and family, and if you want to do something different from the traditional flowers for a funeral they are really lovely.

These lanterns are to inspire you. They were customized with the loved one who had passed away and their family in mind. A sweet remembrance of the one who is gone from this world, but never from our heart. Let me know if I can customize one for you.

“Christmas in heaven” memorial lanterns I made in remembrance of my husband. The black lantern I made for my mother and father in-law and the rustic house I made for myself. I added some extra touches to that one from the comfy chair and foot stool, magazines on the floor, to the dog in the dog bed. Little things that make a home complete and things he would love.

This was the first memorial lantern I was asked to make. My customer wanted a lantern with a flameless candle for a funeral service for their aunt that had passed away. I knew that I wanted it to be special, designed specifically with her aunt in mind, something to remind the family of her. I was told that her aunt’s favorite flower was pink roses so I decided to use different sizes and slightly different shades of them to represent her surviving family members. I used one large rose for her husband, two almost open ones for her daughter and son, three light pink ones for her three grandchildren, and four dark pink ones for her four great grandchildren. I really like the way it turned out, and thankfully, so did my customer. Hopefully, one day, the family will be able to look at this keepsake and when they see the pink roses they will be able to think of their wife, mother, or grandmother and remember her with a smile.

My family lost a very close friend, he was like a second father to me. I wanted to do something special for his family for the funeral service and so I made three lantern arrangements that I hope will give them a cherished memory of him. I made a large one for his wife and two smaller ones for each of his daughters. He loved the outdoors and loved to go deer hunting so the rustic wooden lanterns worked perfectly. His favorite flowers were peonies and lilacs. I just love the way they turned out.

This first lantern has 5 peonies on it, one for him, his wife, and their three daughters. It also has 6 stems of lilacs on it for his six grandchildren. Inside I put a buck for him, a doe for his wife, and a fawn for the daughter they lost. I just love the way it turned out.

Here is the second lantern. It has 2 peonies on it, to represent mom and dad. It also has 6 stems of lilacs on it for 6 of 11 great grandchildren. I placed a fawn inside for one of his daughters. I love the way it turned out and hope it gives his daughter some special memories.

Here is the third lantern. It also has two peonies on it for mom and dad and 5 stems of lilacs for 5 of 11 great grandchildren, and I placed a fawn inside for his daughter. I really hope it gives his family some special memories when they look at it.

This customer wanted a memorial lantern in remembrance of her mom and dad. She told me that her parents lived their whole lives in WV, her mom’s favorite color was blue and she loved butterflies, and she wanted two chairs instead of the typical one chair. The picture I chose was taken from the main overlook at Grandview State Park in Beaver WV. Since she wanted two chairs in the lantern, I adjusted the poem slightly to match that. I added small blue flowers in a rustic milk can to add a homey feel to the lantern (makes me think of front porch sittin). I added two butterflies, one for mom and one for dad, and the burlap and rose lace ribbon she chose for the bow really brings this lantern to life. I really love the way this one turned out and I’m so happy that she did too.

My brother in-law’s mom passed away in August and I was unable to make it to the service, but I wanted to do something for them. I’ve been debating what I wanted to do and decided on a memorial lantern designed specifically for them. I asked if his mom had a favorite flower and a favorite color and was told that she didn’t have a favorite flower, but her favorite color was yellow. My sister in-law’s favorite flowers are roses and white daisies. Her house has a rustic theme to it and she uses a lot of neutral colors so I thought the wood lantern would go well. I used two white roses for my brother in-law and sister in-law and three daisies for their three children. I added in the small yellow flowers for his mom. He’s also lost his dad and sister so I added three butterflies for his mom, dad, and his sister. I really like the way it turned out and I’m happy to say that they liked it too.

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