What makes someone remarkable?

As we go through life, and when we’re lucky, we encounter truly remarkable people and pets throughout our journey.

They stand out to us from the crowd and we’re drawn to them like a magnet. Our love for them grows as we experience memories with them that last a lifetime.

It’s an honor to have remarkable people and pets in our lives. They make life interesting and fulfilling, keep us on our toes, and inspire us to live life to the fullest while we’re alive.

Remarkable people and pets are often the ones who teach us to put one foot in front of the other when times get tough. They are the ones we draw strength and inspiration from in order to keep moving forward with what they’ve taught us. And the more we find out about them, the more we want to honor, celebrate, and carry on their remarkable legacy when they’ve passed.

“It’s not always about the big moments. A lot of times it’s all the little moments combined that are special.”

Hope H., Eterneva Customer

Defining Remarkable

According to Meriam-Webster, the word remarkable is an adjective defined as “worthy of being or likely to be noticed especially as being uncommon or extraordinary.”

However, if you were to answer what it is that makes someone remarkable, you’d likely have a different answer than the next person. While the definition is great, it doesn’t encompass all of the unique facets that make someone truly remarkable. 

What is remarkable will be subjective to the person defining it.

While I might find my beloved cat truly remarkable for the ways she was able to perceive my pain and guide me towards healing, another person may not see exactly how remarkable that is to me. And that’s okay!

If everyone was remarkable in the exact same way, life would be pretty boring. So instead, we have beautiful and unique examples of remarkable people and pets living incredible lives, helping others, and doing things that inspire greatness in others.

When it comes to being remarkable, there is no one-size-fits-all definition. Every remarkable life is just like a diamond, they shine bright (especially under pressure) and they are one-of-a-kind, forever. How each remarkable life shines is unique and beautiful in its own way.

What makes someone remarkable?

So then, how do we describe how and why someone is remarkable?

Is it the way they treated you? The way they lived life to the fullest? The incredible things they did time and time again? The way they made you feel loved like no one else can?

Maybe it’s how they continue to inspire you to be a better person. Or they were remarkable because they defied all odds and walked on wings of an in-flight plane.

While we tolerate some people in our life, there are others we’re drawn to and always want to spend more time with. They are the ones we always hold space for in our lives and teach us lessons that continue to unfold with time. 

We describe these extraordinary people and pets as being remarkable.

“What makes someone remarkable is not what they DO, but who they BE. It’s not the achievements, the accomplishments, the ladders that were climbed. It’s how they showed up in everyday moments. The joy, laughter, and levity they brought. The depth to their relationships. Their unwavering, steadfast stand for those in their life. The remarkable are unapologetically authentic, conscious of their blessings, and didn’t take their people for granted.”

Adelle Archer,
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder at Eterneva

The remarkable bring out the best in us, help us feel alive, show us what love is, support us, or maybe they can make us laugh like no one else can.

“Being remarkable is being there, no matter what. It’s not about accomplishments or awards. It’s about consistently showing up for the people you love. It’s not just about finding joy in life, it’s about figuring out how to give joy. It’s about the tiny selfless acts of kindness that show your loved ones that you are thinking of them and that someone wants to help make their day just a little bit better.”

Garrett Ozar,
Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder at Eterneva

Remarkable lives leave their mark loudly. We remember them daily and we grieve for them deeply when they’re no longer around.

Remembering Remarkably

In 2015, Eterneva’s co-founder Adelle Archer, had a dear mentor, Tracey, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer and given three months to live when she was only 47 years old. 

A senior executive at a tech company in Austin, she had already accomplished much yet really was just getting started. She was afraid that she would die before having had the chance to create a legacy.

What she didn’t know was that she had already made her mark on the world. When news of her diagnosis spread, people wrote to her with stories of how she had personally impacted their lives. Tracey died knowing that she had left the legacy she always wanted.

As a guardian of Tracey’s ashes, Adelle chose to have them turned into a black diamond to capture her sparkling spirit, and ensure that her legacy lives on. The adventure of honoring Tracey’s life with a memorial diamond was inspired by just how remarkable she was to Adelle and the impact she made. 

As Adelle researched the options for getting a diamond made from Tracey’s ashes, none were up to par for what she was after. She didn’t want to send away her ashes and wonder for months when and how the diamond would return. She wanted something that was personal, bright, and forever, that would also speak to just how remarkable Tracey was.

Adelle and co-founder, Garrett Ozar, went on to launch Eterneva, a company that honors and celebrates remarkable lives with memorial diamonds. A company that leans in and listens to customers when they’re going through disorienting loss. 
Inspired by Tracey from the beginning, Eterneva now focuses on three important things:

  • Listening and understanding
    Losing a remarkable loved one is devastating beyond words. The team at Eterneva knows that grief is a long journey and they are along for the ride to listen and talk about loved ones. The hope is to bring brightness and a sense of meaning to an otherwise tough time.
  • Crafting every moment to be personal
    Peace of mind is everything. Consequently, Eterneva strives to go above and beyond by how a loved one’s ashes are cared for, including quality control measures, and transparent communication at every stage.
  • Acknowledging the legacy that was earned
    The diamond is a symbol that is earned by the loved one who passed. A symbol that their character had the power to make people better versions of themselves. Eterneva wants to share that remarkable character with the world.

It’s amazing to witness how one person’s remarkable life and legacy was able to inspire a new mission to remember remarkably, where loved ones are celebrated in a bright new way.

Remarkable Legacies Moving Forward As A Diamond

One thing that’s become clear at Eterneva over the years of turning remarkable loved ones into diamonds is that we are at a brilliant intersection of remembering. 

“I feel like I can go on and on with so many examples that I have learned directly from customers. That’s the amazing thing about what we do… no one grows a diamond for a loved one that wasn’t remarkable to them.”

Garrett Ozar, Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder at Eterneva

Our customers continue to teach us what a remarkable life looks like every time a diamond is formed.

Just being in a room with her made everything better. She was smart and humble about it. She had a lot of wisdom to give and anybody who asked her questions walked away from the situation feeling seen and encouraged.”

Sydney, Eterneva customer

We are fortunate to learn from our customers, sometimes crying alongside them, and help them celebrate their loved ones in a way that feels just right.

“This is how I want to remember my Tank. This is timeless. It’ll be with me forever. And it’s not just something that’s going to sit in a box on your shelf. It’s something that you can show off. And when people tell you how beautiful your diamond is, you get to share that story with them and you get to share. Oh yeah. This is actually my dog. Let me tell you about it. And it’s just such a nice way to memorialize someone that meant so much to you.”

 Dani, Eterneva customer

And then there are the moments we realize how strong connections with a loved one are truly remarkable and leave their mark forever.

“My mom completely impacted my life in the way that she was just very, very forceful about her children being very fearless about life. She wanted us to try everything. She has impacted my life in the greatest way possible.”

Cogey, Eterneva customer

Eterneva Honors & Celebrates Remarkable Lives

At Eterneva we know, first hand, just how disorienting loss is today. And when you layer that with our modern, always-connected-reality, where loved ones are just a touch away, losing that connection with them is unimaginable.

We believe you shouldn’t have to “move on”, instead you should be able to move forward with your loved one. Our mission is to bring brightness and meaning to loss, and we do that by helping customers turn their remarkable loved ones ashes into a one-of-a-kind diamond that will shine brightly forever

Remarkable lives deserve to be honored and celebrated. And those still alive deserve to have a bright path forward as they carry on their legacy. It’s what allows us to move forward with grief, finding meaning amongst the loss, and recognizing that legacies can continue to be carried on in remarkable ways.

Interestingly, 78% of Eterneva customers surveyed reported the process of turning their loved one into a diamond to be beneficial to their grieving process. 

If you’d like to learn more about how our diamond growing process works, we invite you to learn more and schedule a time to talk to someone on our team. We can’t wait to hear about your remarkable loved one. 💙

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