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We invite each family we work with to share their experience with solidified remains. Below, you can read some of the beautiful, sad, inspiring, tragic, funny, heartwarming, heavy, and touching letters that we have received.
Dear Jenny, Thank you for taking such care of my cat Phoebe. When I opened the box, I was brought to tears by the memory of him. Thank you for your reminder (in stones) of all the fun we had together. Parting Stone is such a great way to transform ashes- I am grateful. Always, Marty
I am absolutely amazed at the entire beauty of Boy’s stones. Learning each stone was hand formed by you for me made this so much more personal, proof to me you cared about what was in your hands. Now, feeling the incredible smoothness and finding the ever-so-slight indentations to allow for various arranging. Sophia, Dear, you have transformed my cat into a work of art I can experience and love anew! The fact he is now three single stones, after having only three legs in life, my little Boy remains “perfect” as he was, with sincere thanks to you! What you do has greatly touched my heart. Thank you! God bless you always - Sallye
My sweet Clover!
Dear Sophia, Thank you so much for creating the beautiful stones for my cat Redford. He was my first cat and my soul cat. We had a super special connection - that carried us through many events - ups and downs over 18 years. I miss his blue eyes and orange red coat - but these stones make me feel close to him still. I am so grateful, Lisa.
Dear Nigel - Thank you so much! I am really impressed, and the stones will be nice to have and a great remembrance of my cat. Appreciate everything you did. - Marie Katherine
Ileana, while I don’t know the role you played - from forming the ashes to shepherding him through the process, I honestly can’t thank you enough. To you, this was [another order] - to me this was my gone cat - Maverick. Thank you for caring for him and returning “him” to me. I’ve had a number of cats in my life, but none as special as Maverick. He was my shadow, my companion, my sweet boy. He went by a lot of nicknames - noodle boy, sneaky boy, love bug, and yes, little dude. He was a beautiful Siamese and I lost him too early… Thank you for your efforts, your care, your compassion, and role with my sweet Maverick. Love, Lisa
Hi Emily! Thanks for taking such great care of our dog Millie! She was with us for 16 years and this is a great way for us to preserve her memory. We live just north of San Francisco. She had so much fun at the beach and exploring!Keep up the great work! Brant & Amanda
Ileana, thank you so much for taking such great care of Harvey’s ashes. We have placed each stone in some of his favorite places and I carry one of the smaller stones with me so he’s always close. You made that possible and we are so grateful to you for it. We miss him tremendously but we feel so much comfort that some part of him is close and tangible. Thank you, JILL & RYAN
Hi Alexandra, Thank you for your work on my parting stones for my dog Bentley. Receiving them was as I imagined- a helpful & moving part of my healing journey. They feel so right and natural and are beautiful. I felt awkward with his ashes but more at peace with his stones. y'alls work is healing. Thank you again. Ellen
Nicholas, Thank you for your help and work with Zoes’ remains, from my family to you and yours. The stones are very comforting and I know via the emails that I received that they were tricky to make. I cried when I opened the box. They are so smooth, I was hoping they would not feel strange to hold, but far from it. I have a few of them at my desk at work and I love to hold them.I gave some each of my family, and my very stoic dad cried. Thank you, we all miss our good-good pup, but this has helped us all grieve and release. I sincerely am grateful for you and the service provided by Parting Stone. All my best, Nathan
Dear Ana, Thank you for taking such good care of Hacker for me.♡ His stones are lovely, I have them placed about the house and just a glance reminds me of the peaceful and loving bond we share. I am very grateful for you and what you have created for me.♡ All the best,Tara
Emily, the stones keep our love alive for the best pup we ever had - Your work was unknown to us until our daughter gave us these special Parting Stone remains. As hard as it is to lose a loved one, the work you do will help us remember her everyday. We will tell others about this special way to remember those we have lost. Thank you for all your hand work.
Pat, Thank you for taking such good care of my husband. When his stones arrived I felt a calm throughout my body that I haven't felt since I lost him. Knowing I can have him with me puts me at peace whenever I leave the house. Catherine
Thank you for taking care of my FIL's ashes. The stones will allow my MIL and their grandkids to spread them at all their favorite locations including on our family vacation to WDW. They all get to keep a piece of him with them. Kind regards
A PEACEFUL FEELING WARMED MY HEART as I looked at one and felt the beautifully polished stones. Thank you for taking such good care of my dearly departed wife. I will carry her in my pocket wherever I go and decorate my house and garden with her. All the best to you and your loved ones - Terry
Alexandra, Thank you is not sufficient for the work on the parting stones for my husband Warren. His passing was sudden and a great shock. It is of great comfort to have him back home with me. I keep one stone with me wherever I go. Our daughter does the same. There are not enough words to express our appreciation for your work and attention to my husband's stone. Sincerely, Anita
Dear Alexandra- I received my father's stores several weeks ago. The care taken to package and present his stones was so very touching. Thank you for your work and the detail of your packaging. My dad was quite the outdoorsman and naturalist. He was also an avid traveler and explorer. Part of my decision to pursue the creation of the stores is so I can”take” dad with me as I continue to travel and explore the US and world. Thank you for making that possible! Blessings - Becky
Thank you for making the stones. I like how smooth they are. It helps me remember my grandma. Love Lauren
I received my brother, Chad, back home today. It is so fitting in that tonight is the first night of HanuKkah and he loved the holidays. I wasn’t certain of what to do with my brothers ashes from his death four years ago and then my wife told me about Parting Stones. I have multiple sclerosis and I am blind. When I picked up the stones and felt it today, I sobbed and held the stone tight. It felt so beautiful and reminded me, that although my brother had his addictions, he was my angel. And, I miss him. Thank you for taking such good care of him and making his memory to me so powerful and beautiful. Never underestimate the impact you make in someones life. Your work is profound. From my heart Cheri
My family and I loved that we were offered the option of Parting Stones in place of ashes. We have all decided that our beloved husband, father, and “papaya” (as his granddaughters called him) will be placed in all his favorite places. Thank you so much for allowing us this option… and to keep a part of him close to us always.
Hi Nicholas, I wanted to thank you for your wonderful work in creating the beautiful stones that are my husband. He was born and raised in Sweden, so this summer I traveled to Sweden with many stones to be given to his brothers. Other stones went to family in California and Delaware; so you can see the impact of your work traveled far and wide. Most importantly, I carry a perfect stone with me, so I feel he is still a part of me. Thank you!! Diane
Nikki, thank you so much for all that you do. Without these Stones I don't know where I would be mentally. They give me so much peace. I have one around my neck everyday. He is with me. I can hold one in my hands and feel him. Thank you Again Ray
Jef, Thank you so much for the beautiful Stones.They are a Wonderful reminder of a life well lived and loved. My honey passed 11-30-21 and these are a very tangible piece of him I can hold or carry around with me. Everyone I know has been told of this gift. Thank you again for giving me peace and comfort. God Bless the WORK you do. Joni
Today marks the 3 month anniversary of Mom's crossing. So for her to return home yesterday was another full circle moment honoring her journey. Finding Parting Stone was a surprise and an absolute YES to move forward and have her ashes transformed into organic form. This was the right choice for me and I am grateful to you who chose to do this work. Mom was my rock - That sums it up. What you do is beautiful work to help families honor their loved ones. It's important to break the mold (*no pun! ) from the norm in end-of-life planning. As an end-of-life doula we want to re-educate how we can make death beautiful and memorable as if we are preparing for a birth (nesting) We all have a role in the fabric connecting us to each other and playing an important role in their journey. Thank you with a Big Hug from N.J. Love & Peace Kelly & Eileen
Emily,I want you to know that you have “lessened my suffering and optimized my joy”Thank you,Cindy
Dear Allison, Thank you so much for your fine work and Sending my husband home to our family. Sue & Family
Dear Justin (and all at Parting Stones), Thank you so much for the beautiful stones made from my brother Jeff's ashes. We've been able to Share them with friends and family - it's such a wonderful form for remembering him that each person can personalize as they wish. Mine will go into a Budweiser glass Which was his drink of choice and with which we toast him!♡ Warm regards, Karen
Emily, Thank you so much for taking care of my father. I did not know what to do with my father's ashes and then I found Parting Stone. I am so happy with the results. I was informed throughout the entire process, which was comforting. Thank you!Regina
Bianca, I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how beautiful the stones are, made from my husband's ashes. I love how they look + feel. It is so special having a part of him with me at all times. Gratefully, Cindi
Alexandra, It took some time for me to get to the point of opening package of stones. Once done, I'm totally moved by how beautiful they are. Thank you so much for your care w/ my mothers remains. Blessed, Karen
To Ana & the whole crew at Parting StoneThank you, thank you, thank you. Now I have a part of my wife and each of her seven children can have a little bit of her. Thanks again, Ron
Thank you for your part in preparing my husband's Parting Stones. They are beautifully done, and they will help me as I move on with my life, yet keep a part of him with me. Bonnie
Dear Alexander Thank you for the care you've shown with treating my beloved. He was a gift to the world and I am so grateful that I can hold a part of his vessel in my hands while I meditate and give thanks for the time we shared together.Regards, Val
AmandaThank you for the effort you put into our Parting Stones. Because of the care and dedication you have, my family and I have a most beautiful memory of Paul. Thank you and God Bless you. Alison
Louis,The stones are beautiful and my family is so grateful for the kindness & tenderness you have shown.Warmly, Dan
Nick,Thank you so very much for your care and interest in turning Bill's ashes into the wonderful Parting Stones. They are the perfect tribute and solution for creating a lasting memorial of Bill–They will be given to some, and other of the stones will travel to and become part of favorite landscapes across the globe. Chris
Dear Brendan, Thank you so much for taking such care of my husband's remains. The stones have made a big positive impact on my grief process. Warm wishes, Jackie
Dear Antoinette, I’m overwhelmed by the beauty of my son’s Parting Stones. RJ was an avid fly fisherman and mountain biker. I carry a stone with me on my trail runs and will place some on his favorite routes as the forests reopen. Thank you so much for this simple yet profound way to remember my gentle soul. In gratitude, Patty
Dear Louis, Our son’s final request was to have his cremains scattered at the family's summer spot at Pemaquid Beach, Maine. The Parting Stones are a much easier and fitting piece of David to scatter on the beach and ocean he loved as a child. Thank you so much for helping us honor David’s wishes.
Laura, The stones you created with my husband's remains are absolutely beautiful. Every time our family went on a vacation, John would find a rock or stone, write the place and date, and bring it home as a Keepsake. When our family learned about Parting Stone, we knew immediately that turning his remains into stones would be the perfect way to memorialize John. Thank you for taking such great care of him.- Heather & Family
Dear Thomas, Thank you for all of your care in hand creating the stones for [REDACTED]. Along with many cherished memories, we will now have a part of [him] with us always. The stones have brought us so much peace and comfort. [He] was a true fan of the Rolling Stones. It somehow seems appropriate that he has become beautiful stones! You have touched the lives of our family, and so many other people. Your talent is appreciated.
Dear Allison, Thank you for the work that you do. We now have stones for both my mother and father, and they can be together again. Sincerely, The family of William
Justin, I lost my mom unexpectedly in July. I always said she was my rock so I knew instantly this was the perfect thing. I can now bring her offshore with me and wherever we travel to. Thank you so much for working so hard for us to be able to have her with us. All our love and appreciation Brandy & Payton
LouisTo say our lovely Troy was packaged well is an understatement. I still can’t get over the intricacy of every fold, every item, the neat handwriting- incredible. He is now on our dining room credenza hanging out where the food is. A very big thank you to the entire P.S. team for their care and attention to detail–superb.Kara + Jason
Justin,Thank you so much for taking care of our mom's remains. We didn't know what to expect with "Parting Stones" because we hadn't used your services before~ but now we'd use them again and have shared the information about your services with several others. I received updates from PNW Cremation or the updates you forwarded to them, I appreciated the information. The package we/I received back with my mom's parting stones was beautiful and well/ thoughtfully put together. We had prayed that mom was in good and loving hands and when we received the Parting Stones package it seemed our prayers were answered. We laid mom to rest on Aug. 6th bringing the final closure to us. Thank you for playing a vital and important role in our closure process. Know that you are appreciated, thank you for blessing us with your caring for our mom. With much appreciation and thankfulness~Victoria
Dear Antoinette,I miss my husband so very much. I am thankful he is with the Lord, & no longer in any pain. It is a great comfort to me to be able to have his stones around me. I am able to hold them whenever I am sad or hurting. I was also thankful I could share them with his son & daughter and also his two granddaughters. Thank you so much! May the Lord bless & keep you.Wendy
Ethan,Thank you for your involvement in my mom's parting stones. I saw my friend's fathers's stones while visiting a friend in Texas. She also had a candlestick on her bookshelf that had a generic stone in the base. I knew that was what and where I wanted to set my stones. This is a picture. Thank you again,Bobbi
Brendan,I cried when I saw my husband's stones, because they were so incredibly beautiful. My husband died of Pancreatic Cancer, and up until that time, loved to hunt, fish and hike. He loved being outdoors and I'm hoping his friends will keep close or scatter him around the countryside. Thank you for what you do. It's much, much more than just a job.Carolyn
Dear Brendan, Thank you so much for preparing the Parting Stones of my husband, Robert. Placing these stones with people and at places we loved has eased the grief of losing him and helped to celebrate his life and remind us all of how lucky we were to have him in our lives. Warm regards, Ann
Our parents had nine kids, we split up Dad's ashes between those who wanted ashes, and the rest came to you via our sister Laura. Dad loved smooth stones and regularly kept one in his pocket, so I can't think of a more fitting memorial for him. Four of us kids got together today to sort & choose (I picked the one with the crack, because Dad wasn't perfect), and one group was for our oldest brother who didn't join us (he was feeling not great) and one left over for Mom. Thanks for taking care of our dad and making him into a beautiful second iteration for us to hold & love. Michele, Laura, Susan, Paul
Hi Thomas, Steve was the best person I ever met and I had 23 years with him. Since he was so great, these stones have given me the opportunity to share a "Steve Stone'' with many of the people who also loved him. After death, he didn't want to "be in a box". So this way he will be spread all around the country and places he enjoyed, with people he enjoyed. For me, the ability to hold him in my hand is a comfort. The stones are beautiful, as he was. Before he died, he "tested out" Parting Stones with the ashes of a dog he loved and he was pleased with how they came out, so that's how he chose how he wanted his ashes treated. Thank you! Sami
Dear Taylor, Thank you for taking such good care of my husband, Rob. The stones are beautiful!Sincerely, The Family of Robert
Nicholas,I was given your name as the person who turned my husband's ashes into our amazing stones. These stones mean so much to me and my children. Andrew died very suddenly and surprisingly. We miss him terribly and these mementos of him give us great comfort. I am grateful for your kind care and thoughtfulness–Rayellen
Hi Migel,I wanted to tell you how these stones helped my Brother and I say goodbye to my Dad and still give us something nice to hold in our hands. Nice work!Rick
Emily,During these trying times the decision to turn Gloria's ashes into Parting Stones was the right one. The comfort in having the stones to hold and share with her closest friends has helped with my greatest loss. Thank you.Rick
It is hard to explain how comforted I am to have Dave's stone where I can see them, touch them, and remember him. Thank you for your beautiful work.Ruth
Amy,Thank you for your love and care with creating, rather transforming our loved ones remains into something we can hold and cherish. Your craftsmanship is amazing. We are forever grateful for what you've given us. Peace of mind.
Dear Amy,Thanks for taking gentle care of my husband. When I took the stones from the box it was hard to put them down. I would do anything to hold Bill again but since that's impossible I will have the stones to hold onto when I want to feel close to him. Kindest regards, Shirley
Dear Parting Stone artist,My mother Nancy's stones arrived yesterday. She died in July at the age of 87. My mom was funny, vibrant, and always, always creative. When I learned about Parting Stones I thought, "this is exactly the way mom would want to be remembered." She was a great collector of feathers, stones, and shells entire life. The day I packed up her ashes to send to you I could feel her dancing around me.This card she painted capture some of her vibrancy. Thank you for creating such a wonderful way to hold the ancestors. We are very, very grateful!Most sincerely, Teddie
Dear Kelse,I just picked up the stones that had been created with my mother's ashes. They are absolutely beautiful! I can't begin to tell you how pleased I am with the product - actually the work of art you have created. Thank you so much for the care you took in creating them.Warm regards, Susan
“Dear Nikki,. . . My family and I are deeply grateful to have been offered the option of Parting Stones and treasure them. . . .When the Parting Stones were received, I separated them into five groups: one for each of our children's families and one for myself. . . . They were extremely grateful. I have one Stone sitting on my prayer book at all times. On tough days, I take it, hold it in my hand and feel peace. I even took one with me to Thanksgiving dinner and when my son was obviously having a hard time, I slipped it into his hand. He gave it back to me and said "Thank you, Mom" with tears in his eyes. We are going to have a family gathering here in Michigan and drop one of each of our Stones off the pier into Lake Michigan. Bill always wanted his ashes into Lake Michigan, and the Parting Stones offer an even better option. A family trip to Bill's parents' home country of Ireland is planned and we will be burying a Parting Stone near a large tree at the church of his parents. . . .I am heading to Florida soon and will also bring a Stone with me, since we owned a home there for a few years. Part of Bill will be all over the world! Because of your gift of work, we are able to find peace and experience the joy of giving Bill his last wishes. . . Terri”
Dear Steve,When I picked up my husband's Parting Stones I felt oddly comforted by the weight of them. I hugged the box with his stones to my chest as I walked out of the funeral home to my car. The stones are lovely visually and, almost as importantly, in their smooth texture. I am very glad that Desmond Funeral Homes offer this option and that I took the opportunity to do something a bit different. So, thank you for your part in the transformation process. One comment you might pass on is that the one improvement, or change, I would suggest is to upgrade the outer bag the stones are in when received. The stones are so lovely visually that I think a darker colored (navy blue), more textually soft (something like velvet or velour) would really set them off and make an even more impressive and pleasing presentation. Again, thank you to you and to Parting Stones~ Best wishes, Sue
Hi SteveWe all love the stones. They were split among family and friends and everyone came up with creative ideas in how to display them. So thank you. So much better than just ashes. God bless!Suzi
Nikki,Thank you for the amazing work you do through the parting stones. What a blessing to have these stones as a remembrance of our dad. May you be blessed in all of your future endeavors as you have touched & blessed our family.
Dear Amy,My family lost our beloved Jerry in May 2007. He was an amazing person- you couldn't find a more loving father and husband! After 14 years of spreading ashes, I was so happy to hear about Parting Stone. Our family needed something more tangible than ashes and Parting Stone has provided that! I have divided the stones between myself and my three children. I plan on finding special boxes for the 4 groups of stones. We will cherish them.
Dear Bianca,I can't tell you how much your doing this for me. Having her with me now is something I cant explain to people but I'm sure you know. Thank you so much for what you have done. I'll never forget it.Yours Truly,William