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Tattoo artist uses ashes of loved ones

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Added On October 5, 2016

A tattoo artist in Alaska has found a unique way to help clients remember their lost loved ones.
 
It's a regular day in the office for tattoo artist Miss Judy.
 
That often means leaving her mark to help people deal with loss.
 
SOUNDBITE(English): MISS JUDY, Tattoo Artist
"It's really nice to help them, that's for sure. It's very emotional. It's hard sometimes."
 
Each client has their own way to remember a loved one. But only a few make a special request -  using that person's ashes as a part of the tattoo.
 
SOUNDBITE(English): MISS JUDY, Tattoo Artist
"You're getting very, very, very tiny amount in there. but you are getting the ash. And that's what makes people happy."
 
It's what Dayna Durr decided to do after her 15-year-old daughter Jordyn and her best friend, Brooke, were killed by a drunk driver.
 
SOUNDBITE(English): DAYNA DURR, Tattoo Client
"She came from my body. I gave birth to her.. I created her. And now that she's passed and her physical self is no longer with me, the ashes can signify her returning to my body."
 
The tattoo shows three flowers, one for each of her kids, and a black heart showing a mom and daughter.
 
SOUNDBITE(English): DAYNA DURR, Tattoo Client
"Jordyn's ashes are in the black silhouette of the mother and daughter. And since it's shaped like a heart it just to me means our eternal love."
 
Dayna says Jordyn is always with her spiritually. But this was a way to keep her physically close.
 
SOUNDBITE(English): DAYNA DURR, Tattoo Client
"The placement of it I put just so that if - it could be symbolic, could be silly on my part -- I liked it so that I could hold it to my heart "
 
Judy says she's an artist and a therapist for helping people grieve. Dayna was no exception.
 
SOUNDBITE(English): DAYNA DURR, Tattoo Client
"We all have to develop our coping strategies throughout life, and this is one that really helps me to feel good about keeping her memory."
 
Like her tattoo, Dayna's bond with Judy, is permanent.