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About the Child Loss Keepsakes
The My Forever Child™ Collection was born out of a desire to create unique keepsakes for those touched by the loss of a child. No matter what age the child died at, it is very important for the grieving parent to have their child remembered and acknowledged. Even though the child is not with them physically, the parental feelings of love do not disappear. Parenthood is not measured by the length of time spent raising a child. The child is always in the parent's heart, hence the phrase "My Forever Child™".

Our jewelry and keepsakes are not only for the parents of a lost child, but for anyone who wishes to have a handmade and personalized memorial item. Often times we do not express our feelings to others, so we keep our sadness and grief inside. Our pieces can help you express, without words, on the outside what you feel on the inside. Jewelry is one of the most treasured and personal material possessions we can own. Wearing or displaying an item from the My Forever Child™ collection is a beautiful way to acknowledge, remember, and honor someone who has touched your life, and gone too soon. We offer several items in the following categories: charm, pendant, ring, bracelet, earring, key chain, sun catcher, bookmark, and zipper pull. Many are designed with symbolic elements such as the angel, cherub, butterfly, heart, star, baby footprints, and awareness ribbons for all causes.

We pride ourselves on high quality materials and skilled workmanship. We strive to have unique designs with styles that will be treasured for years, and that you will be pleased to own in honor of your Forever Child. All of our keepsakes make perfect gifts for friends who have lost children, or other loved ones. The heartfelt gift itself will speak volumes at a delicate time when words of comfort are uneasy to say. We can ship directly to the recipient with a gift card from you at no extra charge.

Each piece is handcrafted with care by the artist. Some items, especially those that require personalization or metalsmithing, are labor intensive and require numerous steps and refinements before completion. Please allow two to three weeks time from the placing of your order until you receive it. We will notify you if there will be a significant time delay. Small variations from the photographs may occur based on the availability of the components used.

Please let us know if there is something that you would like, but don't see in our collection. We know how important it is to have the right memento just for you and we will try to fulfill your request. Also, if you would like to combine elements of two different pieces, this can usually be accomplished easily, so please ask us. We are constantly creating and adding new pieces to the My Forever Child™ collection, so please check back often and sign up for the free e-mail Newsletter to receive information about new products, events, specials, discounts, and free gifts!

NOTICE: In accordance with recent United States laws, our jewelry is NOT intended for children under the age of 12. This jewelry contains small parts, including beads and Swarovski Crystals that may contain small amounts of lead, and could pose a choking hazard for children. Please use good judgement and common sense by not allowing an infant, toddler, or small child handle or play with this or any jewelry or small items. Always keep any hazardous items out of childrens reach at all times and use proper precautions to safeguard them.

 
About Our Logo
Our logo is a heart with footprints, symbolic of the ink footprints taken of a child at birth.This is usually the first memento a parent receives when their child comes into this world. It is also representative of the popular saying, "Little footprints have left a mark on my heart". The loop in the top of the heart is to symbolize the many tears shed in grieving over the lost child.
 
About Our Story
Susan and Richard Mosquera's third child, Matthew Kristopher, was stillborn two weeks before his due date in 2002. A complete placental abruption took his life and nearly his mother's. Quick acting doctors and generous blood donations helped Susan to pull through. They left the hospital with empty arms and broken hearts. It took several months to recover physically, but much longer emotionally to rise above the unbearable grief. Click here to read more about their Story of Loss

They soon learned that pregnancy and infant loss occurs far too frequently, and yet shockingly not enough is known or done to prevent it. There is also the cultural pressure to forget about the loss and move on, so many bereaved parents suffer in silence. There are numerous wonderful items available for the birth of a baby. But sadly, barely any comfort items available when a child dies. Particularly with miscarriage and stillbirth, there are few, if any, momentos to remember the child by. The family is left to search for or create their own memorial tributes.

The healthy birth of their subsequent son was bittersweet. It brought joy and happiness back into the family. But it also became painfully clear what they were robbed of by Matthew's death. It was then that Susan decided to be proactive and make a difference somehow.

By consulting with a small focus group comprised of her support group contacts, she created a collection of child loss keepsakes. Through her art she has brought a bit of comfort and touched the heartstrings of grieving parents and families. Click here to read more about Susan's Story of Hope

Visitors to the My Forever Child™ website come from all over the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, U.K., and other countries. They have been affected by the loss of their child due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, abortion, termination for medical issues, anencephaly, trisomy 18, neural tube defects, heart defects, premature birth, incompetant cervix, neonatal death, SIDS, drowning, drunk driving, car accidents, hyperthermia, abduction, cancer, brain tumors, leukemia, and many other tragic causes. They search for meaningful mementos and rememberances in honor of their beloved son or daughter.

Susan Mosquera is a regular speaker at local support groups for bereaved parents. She was also one of the few invited to attend the First Candle Inaugural Stillbirth Symposium in Washington DC, October 2007. She is actively involved in the national movement to raise awareness and put an end to stillbirth.

An important goal of Susan's is to raise funds for research, awareness, and activism to prevent child loss. She donates a part of the proceeds of her sales to high quality Charitable Organizations committed to making a difference in the prevention of future losses and child advocacy causes. No parent should ever have to bury their child!!

 
About the Artist
Susan Mosquera's lifelong love of gemstones and passion for jewelry design prompted her to enroll in the Gemological Institute of America's distance education program. After extensive hands on training and testing at the GIA campus in New York City, she earned the highest degree of Graduate Gemologist in 2001.

In order to increase her knowledge and skills, Susan has completed several jewelry technique courses, including Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Precious Metal Clay, Enameling, Wax Carving, Design and Rendering, at the well renowned institutions Art League of Long Island, Studio Jewelers and 92nd Street Y, the latter two are in New York City.

Susan Mosquera's handcrafted jewelry is created in her Artist's Studio in New York and sold through this website, her Etsy shop, and by private commission.
Read more about Susan's jewelry background and her Success Story in an Online Interview with Rena Klingenberg of Jewelry Business Success Tips.

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My Forever Child Remembrance Jewelry, Memorial Keepsakes and Sympathy Gifts.
Custom Handprint and Footprint Jewelry using your child's actual images.
Specializing in memorial jewelry and remembrance keepsakes for miscarriage, stillbirth, pregnancy loss, sudden infant death syndrome-SIDS, neonatal infant death, twin and multiples loss, older child and adult loss.

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