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By Rickey Jones
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About this project

Safely light a candle memorial that keeps the memory alive and tells the story of a loss loved one or pet.

The passing of a loved one is always one of the hardest times we face in life. We hold candle lighting vigils outdoors, in churches, in our homes, and even light candles online to honor our loved one’s life.  Candle lighting in respect of our passed love ones dates back to ancient times. The word funeral is derived from the Latin word funus which means torch. It’s believed the flame of a candle is symbolic of the living spirit of a loss loved one. Death can come naturally or suddenly. Whether we’re prepared or not the grieving process begins and our body goes through a merit of emotions with a mind of its own. Our time with our love ones are so precious, unconsciously we take it for granted and then they’re gone.  

A couple of years ago one of my favorite uncle passed away and I sought to find a memorial to keep his memory and spirit alive. I viewed this as a healthy way to grieve as I focused not on my tragic loss but on his transition to a peaceful place of rest. The idea I had in mind for my uncle’s memorial could not be found so I created it. 

An eternal flame for my loved one. I wanted a candle that I could burn continually and not have to worry about fire danger. I also did not want to keep replacing those glass candle jars or metal candle cans when the wax candle burns out. Another concern of mines was friends and family members visiting with small children and little fingers getting burned by the lit candle. So I chose a long-lasting, cool burning, candle flame bulb that simulates real fire without the danger. These bulbs were perfect. I tested this type of bulb by burning it continually day and night. This bulb burned for over a year and a half without being replaced. The wattage is so low that there was virtually no noticeable change in the electric bill. Great! I’ve found the right candle light. That was the good part.

Unfortunately there are many manufacturers of candle flame bulbs and each manufacturer uses its own technique to produce. This posed a problem in that inserting the different manufactured bulbs into the candlestick the flame would not always face forward, destroying the candle’s flame effect. So I built technology into the candlestick that would allow any manufactured candle flame bulb of this size/type to be inserted into the candlestick and would face forward for maximum viewing of the candle’s flame.. I call this patent pending technical knowledge “Smart View Technology”.

My first prototype attempt was a good start but it failed to capture my uncle’s character. It wasn't personal enough. Photo frames alone where never created to honor a loss loved one. They were really created to mark a moment in time. While looking at a photo within a photo frame you could not tell if the subject in the photo is alive or has passed on. The memorial needed a lot more work. So after three years of researching funerals, developing custom ornament pieces, adding my own candle technology, and inspiration from above I’ve created the perfect remembrance memorial for a loved one or pet who has passed on.

The standard portrait photo frames that will sit atop the wood base will be offered in 2 finishes that will measure 6" x 8" inches. The Electric Memorial Candle’s base is designed to be versatile to allow the standard frames to be removed so the owner can place any desired frame of choice up to a portrait 6" x 8" x 1" inches. Landscape photo frame size up to 5" x 7" inches.

The theme for this project is “pure as gold”. I believe everyone is born as pure as gold into this world. Staying with this precious gold theme I created a pair of custom high gloss vases with gold rings around the top edge of the vase. I added white lilies in the vases because they are the flowers most commonly associated with peace and memorials. Lilies are often interpreted as a symbol of the innocence that has been restored to the soul of the departed loved one.

The base of each Electric Memorial Candle is wooden with a beautiful, rich, dark mahogany finish. The dark finish brings focus to the name plaque and peaceful white lilies. An identification tag, which allows access to the Free Electric Memorial Candle Condolence Page, when the page is built (see stretch goals). More on that below.  The base will also include a “frame well”, which will allow the photo frame to tilt back for easier viewing. The use of the well is optional but there if you want to use it.

There will be six color choices available for the Electric Memorial Candle's name plates. . The three basic colors are white, black, and royal purple. These are solid colors with high reflective finishes. The photos here do not do the finishes justice but you get the point.

The next three colors are blue, red, and green. This is a textured marble like material. Not as glossy as the basic colors but for a richer more refine memorial look.

Here is where the first part of honoring your love one takes place. Their character, personal story, dignity, and the things that observers didn't know can be engraved here, and continues on their free condolence page (stretch goal). Their lovable quotes, nicknames, or nuggets of wisdom can all be placed here. Anything that begins their personal story. “ IN LOVING MEMORY” will be standard on all name plates. Up to three lines of characters may be engraved on the name plate. Each line may carry up to 49 characters, including spaces as shown in photo above.

If your love one is still alive now is the perfect time to ask the question, what would you like to remembered for? What would you like engraved on your Electric Memorial Candle? Read funeral Pre-Planning below.

After three years (in my spare time mostly) of researching funerals, different faiths, grieving practices, developing custom ornament pieces, adding my candle technology, and inspiration from above.  I believe I've created the perfect remembrance memorial for a loved one or pet who have passed on but leaves a lasting story that inspires us to move forward, keep hoping, keep believing and be strong.

Now I know the topic of death can be sensitive to some but the reality is we will all pass away. Some sooner then others. How we will be remembered can be expressed while we’re still living.

This kickstarter project will be a good conversation starter in regards to the touchy subject of death. There are those of us that are very fearful of passing away. This project seeks to take the mind off of the physical aspect of death and focuses on our loved one’s everlasting story they wish to pass on to others. It can be explained this way. 

Present this kickstarter project to your love one as a gift. Tell them this is how you’re going to keep their memory alive once they've passed away. Then ask them about their favorite photos they would like to be placed within the candle memorial's photo frame.  This will make the topic easier to talk about and show them they are truly loved and cared for by you. It may also open the door to more important pre-planning conversation.

Pets are as much a family member as humans. They also mourn the loss of life. So it's only fitting with all the loyalty and companionship they've shown us I thought having a memorial in their honor was appropriate. Pets touch our lives as no humans can. They sense our moods and act accordingly. Always loving. Truth be told their concern makes us smile. There's a brushed aluminum satin silver “ I love my pet” photo frame in honor of our beloved pets. The frame will hold a 5" x 3.5" inch photo.

During my research I've found that one of the best healing practices for dealing with the stresses of death is communication. So I created a free online memorial page to go along with the Electric Memorial Candle. Your loved one's personal memorial page will be free for two years after this stretch goal is reached, for all kickstarter supporters who pledged for either the Electric Memorial Candle or the Pets Electric Memorial Candle. This memorial page will encourage online communication with family members, friends. and others fostering a more celebratory mood. Reflecting on moments shared with our loved one redirects the focus on grieving and directs our personal pain of loss on honoring and celebrating. One special features of this free online memorial page that will make this memorial page like no other will be our exclusive “I leave you with this” memorial message. More on this when we approach this goal. Visit the website link below to get a preview of this personal memorial page stretch goal. Once there choose memorials or pets. 

<a href="http://www.electricmemorialcandle.com/livingmemorial.htm  target="_blank">

Artist Rendering. A custom candle stick made to accommodate the Star of David light bulb. Custom Star of David symbol (enlarged to show detail) made from same material as flower and will stand opposite of vase. This stretch goal will create a Jewish version for yourself or a passed loved one. It will also feature the Star of David symbol bulb that gives a soft fire glow. With smart view technology this glowing star will always face front and center no matter where it was manufactured . You don’t have to be Jewish for this memorial candle, the Star of David is recognized by other faiths as well. No more replacing those wax candles cans and jars. 

History: Following the Jewish emancipation after the French revolution, Jewish communities chose the Star of David to represent themselves. This is a more personal stretch goal when it comes to personal religious beliefs. When this goal is reached supporters of a $100.00 or more can select this memorial.

When this goal is reached supporters of a $100.00 or more can select this memorial.

Artist Rendering. A custom candle stick made to accommodate the custom made Cross light bulb. This will be a custom made bulb for this memorial candle. A custom Cross symbol (enlarged to show detail) made from same material as flower and will stand opposite of vase.This stretch goal will create a Catholic/Christian version for yourself or a passed love one. The bulb will also fit the Jewish memorial version as well. 

When this goal is reached supporters of a $100.00 or more can select this memorial.

Tell the story of a loss loved one or pet sticker. You help to make it possible for life stories to be told.

For your support you’ll be listed on a special Kickstarters page on our website (see link below). This page is reserved for Kickstarter supporters ONLY. Your name and photo (optional) will be posted as a supporter who made the Electric Memorial Candle possible.

<a href="http://www.electricmemorialcandle.com/angels.htmtarget="_blank">

Angel Link  is for kickstarter supporters with larger pledges . These angels get a link on our angels webpage to their favorite website. Restrictions apply. Personal, business, or social networks links are welcome. Check out the above link. Visit to learn more about angel links.

Email us a photo of your loved one or pet and we will send it back to you inside this computer screen electric candle memorial. Use this as a computer screen background, screensaver, phone or tablet wall paper. Your screensaver image will be JPG format.

"Celebrating The Life of" tee shirt with your loved one’s photo. Shirts are 100% fine soft cotton in white, Sizes S-XXL.

The Electric Memorial Candle is not my first project. A list of previous completed projects are listed below. Some are in use today so I know what it takes to build high quality, long lasting beautiful projects.

 GOT QUESTIONS? Email me at above address.

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Kickstarter campaign ends. 

September

 Project is funded two weeks after campaign ends. This is due to Amazon’s protocol. Final tooling manufacturing begins once deposits are made. Prototype parts and renderings all enter this finalized tooling stage preparing for mass production. 

Rewards shipped at this time 

Sticker, Angel Plus listing. Angel plus supporters can email us a photo (optional) and their favorite website link. Visit our angels page to view your reward. Computer screensaver/wallpaper. 

Mid-September

Production of individual parts began. Delicate fragile pieces are formed and hand painted. Wood is cut, drilled, routed, sanded and stained to a lustered finish. Metal parts are cut, formed, flanged, and electroplated. Plastic moles of candlesticks are upgraded for mass production. Nameplates are cut and stamped. Electrical wiring is cut, terminals cramped and tested to meet UL standards.

Listed above are the technical processes that have already taken place to produce the prototype. Full production requires ramping up these processes to bring overall cost down which is passed on to kickstarter supporters. 

Rewards shipped at this time 

Angel listing supporter can email us a photo (optional). Visit our angels page to view your reward. 

Mid-October

All manufactured parts are shipped to our assembly faculty and inspected for quality to meet our high standards. They are assembled and inspected again for overall presentation. At this point the candle memorial is packaged for protection and waits for supporter’s content to be engraved. 

November

 Kickstarters supporters are notified by email the memorial candle reward is ready and can be engraved at anytime or given away as a gift. This reward will never expire. If a tee-shirt is included as a reward the desired shirt size (S-XXL) is specified and a photograph is snail mailed or email to us and the candle memorial tee-shirt is produced and shipped along with the Electric Memorial Candle.

What a weekend! This kickstarter project was funded by a private equity angel supporter. A supporter not offered here at Kickstarter. Turns out production will began much sooner then expected, which translates to lost loved ones stories will be memorialized weeks earlier. We will leave the project posted here till it expires. The rewards will still be applicable till the project’s closing date.

Risks and challenges

The previous projects mentioned above have allowed me to gain manufacturing experiences with multiple project processes. I've developed projects in the USA and China. I've outsourced products for the best quality and lowest overall cost. My manufacturing and product development experience spans over 20 years. Experience IS the best teacher. The factories I’ll use are ready to start. Deposits are only what’s needed for materials and finalization..

The best planning in the world can run into unforeseen delays so I've built in more time to meet delivery expectations. Shipping of parts on time from factories would be the biggest challenge so contingency plans such as overnight, air express and others are in place but shouldn't be needed. Learning from past projects I've created a very clear schedule with factories so if things do pop up, you'll be the first to know. Your loss loved one deserves the very best and I will not disappoint. You’ll be well informed as things move forward.

Some tooling is already paid for. Assemblers are awaiting parts to be completed. Fulfillment and shipping personal are standing by.

Any question you might have don't hesitate to ask.

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    "TELL MY STORY" - Thank you from us and those who's life stories are waiting to be told. For your compassion you'll receive an "I helped to tell the story of a loss loved one or pet" sticker

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    ANGEL SUPPORTER - Your halo is waiting! You'll receive an "angel" listing with your name and photo on our Kickstarter pledger page and sticker.

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    BRASS PHOTO FRAME: You'll get an Electric Memorial Candle with free engraving, the nameplate color of your choice of solid white, solid black, or solid purple. A Electric Memorial Candle computer screen saver, an "angel supporter plus" listing with your name and photo on our kickstarter pledger page along with your favorite URL link, and sticker. FREE SHIPPING within the U.S. NOTE: This reward can be used at anytime. It will never expire. It may also be given away as a gift.

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    WHITE PHOTO FRAME You'll get an:Electric Memorial Candle with free engraving, the nameplate color of your choice of solid white, solid black, or solid purple. An Electric Memorial Candle computer screen saver, an "angel supporter plus" listing with your name and photo on our kickstarter pledger page along with your favorite URL link, and sticker. FREE SHIPPING within the U.S. NOTE: This reward can be used at anytime. It will never expire. It may also be given away as a gift.

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    ALUMINUM PET PHOTO FRAME: You'll get an Electric Memorial Candle with free engraving, the nameplate color of your choice of solid white, solid black, or solid purple. A Electric Memorial Candle computer screen saver, an "angel supporter plus" listing with your name and photo on our kickstarter pledger page along with your favorite URL link, and sticker. FREE SHIPPING within the U.S. NOTE: This reward can be used at anytime. It will never expire. It may also be given away as a gift.

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    COMPLETE MEMORIAL: You'll get an Electric Memorial Candle with free engraving, the nameplate color of your choice of solid white, solid black, or solid purple, marble-look red, marble-look green, or marble-look blue. Photo frame choice of brass, white, or aluminum pet frame, an Electric Memorial Candle computer screen saver, an "angel supporter plus" listing with your name and photo on our kickstarter pledger page along with your favorite URL link, and sticker. FREE SHIPPING within the U.S.
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    TEE-SHIRT MEMORIAL TRIBUTE - Sizes S-XXL. Size XXL add $5.00. You’ll get one image printed on shirt. Electric Memorial Candle with free engraving, the nameplate color of your choice of solid white, solid black, or solid purple, marble-look red, marble-look green, or marble-look blue. Photo frame choice of brass, white, or aluminum pet frame, an Electric Memorial Candle computer screen saver, an "angel supporter plus" listing with your name and photo on our kickstarter pledger page along with your favorite URL link, and sticker. FREE SHIPPING within the U.S. NOTE: This reward can be used at anytime. It will never expire. It may also be given away as a gift.

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