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When I was 10yrs old, I lost my father to a car accident as he was on his way home from his childhood friend’s funeral. Because my father was in the military, the family was able to arrange a military funeral with a 21 gun salute. Since my father was out of the military for many years before I was born, I wasn’t exposed to the “Military Life.”
However, witnessing the 21 gun salute had a real impact on me and it was at that moment I understood that those who serve in the military (no matter how long they served or how long it’s been since they were out)deserve the utmost respect and there is a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid in full.
Years later, as fate would have it, I married an Air Force Special Ops helicopter pilot. It was then that I was very quickly immersed into the military life; the family separation for weeks and even months at a time, the daily challenges of single parenting and the kids and I having to make new friends with every move, but the most difficult part was having to always make sure that I was informed about the finances and such…”just in case.”
However, along with the challenges came a wonderful blessing known as “Military Family.” This is the group of people that we “did life with.”
We laughed and cried together. We got advice from each other. We spent Friday nights getting crazy together. We spent the weekends sharing family time together. We did birthday parties and playtime together. We were always finding ways to enjoy life together and making the most of the time we had. It was the best of times…and unfortunately, once in a while, it was the worst…
It didn’t matter if the deployment was for training or an actual mission; the threat of something going wrong was always present, because after-all, they were training for possible real world events. There is nothing worse than hearing the news that someone was not coming home to his family the same way he left for deployment.
Aside from the utter grief from the loss of life, there is a bit of survivor’s guilt that has to be worked through psychologically and emotionally as well. While you’re grieving the loss of a “sister’s” husband you are also dealing with the guilt of being so grateful it wasn’t your husband coming home in a flag draped coffin. It is for this reason that I still have the utmost respect for the men and women in uniform; I know the depth of bonding and love that a Military Family has for one another and the intense pain associated with the loss of “one of our own.” (“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” JOHN 15:13)
Although grief never ends, it changes and we can learn to move forward in life. The tears can turn to joy, if even for just a few brief moments at a time, with a new found hope and trust that we will see our loved ones again. I like to think that I am a bridge that connects a grieving soul to living hope; for peace and comfort to rest in the heart of those who have lost a loved one. It was the journey of re-discovering the tree of life and what it represents that brought me to design The Tree of Life Heirloom Pendant.
Out of total respect for the extended Military Family, I am offering The Heirloom Tree of Life Pendant for almost half the price. Instead of the full retail price of $199, Military Family can purchase the pendant for $100 plus shipping. It is with sincere love and gratitude that we make this Special Offer. Please call to take advantage of this Special Offer: 806-680-2695
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