(KARK) – Everyone has their own way of remembering a loved one who has passed.
In Central Arkansas, many families have chosen different and unique ways to keep their loved ones alive following their tragic deaths.
For Rick and Jeannette Talik, it was extremely important to keep their son, Wyatt, close to them.
“You just never know,” Rick explained as he recounted the day he lost his son. “I was devastated when that officer was at my door.”
Wyatt died in a motorcycle accident in Cabot, and the sudden loss was tough for the couple to cope with.
In the grieving process, they chose unique ways to hold on to Wyatt, and one of those ways can be found around their necks.
Both wear necklaces that hold their son’s ashes.
“If I have a hard time with something, I just want to make sure he is there,” Rick said.
The couple has the necklaces, and an urn shaped like a motorcycle gas tank.
They also had some of their son ashes turned into a hand-blown glass that looks like a flame.
Some people take a different approach and chose to display their love for the lost on their body.
That is the choice Marilyn Roberts made after losing her husband to cancer.
“I just wanted to do something to keep that memory alive and to honor him,” Roberts said when talking about her tattoo ink.
“I had a lot of people tell me you need to do something that would show the world he was here,” she went on to say.
Both families said it is important in the grieving process to keep their loved one’s memories alive.
They also encourage others in similar situations to find a unique way to hold on to their loved ones…By Hilary Hunt