In the Victorian era, mortality rates were higher and death was a thing one did in one’s home. In contrast to Western society today, mourning prior to the 1900s had a distinct cultural framework. Grief was public, delineated by cultural expectations, and often (to some in our modern culture) macabre. However, it served an important function by giving people time to grieve and process their grief.
While the Georgian era tended more toward the memento mori style of mourning jewelry (the reminder that death came for everyone), Victorian mourning jewelry became more about remembering the dead as loved ones.
Today we lack the framework in which to process our grief. After the funeral, we are expected to move on with life and go back to the way things were. People who mourn are expected to get over it and there is no place in our society for the space needed to acknowledge and remember those whose passing has left tears in the fabric of our reality.
Enter Wisp Adornments.