The loss of a loved one is never easy. For those left behind it’s a constant struggle to move on while still keeping your loved one alive in spirit. California-based artist Merry Coor has found the perfect way to keep the deceased close to your heart forever with her beautiful memorial ash bead necklaces. Coor started making glass beads back in 2000, but her art form was forever changed last year after a young couple made a unique request. The couple asked her if she could add some ashes from their deceased friend into a bead for an extra special treasure. Coor was delighted to make their request a reality. She writes on her Etsy page, “My bead making now gave me a new purpose, and a way to honor others, both living and passed. It was 80 degrees in my studio that day, but I had the chills the entire time I was making the beads.” Coor creates her highly detailed and purely exquisite memorial ash bead necklaces by hand, one-by-one in her Eureka, California studio. Read more at