The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


I was 12 years old when my parents gifted me a beginning trio of pearls to build a complete necklace. It was a complete surprise. My mother’s jewellery box was filled with gorgeous gems and pearls, different stones on glittering necklaces and I was finally being introduced to that world.

My name is Vinyet Miró. I’m a 20-year-old exchange student in Calgary from Barcelona, Catalonia.

As a young girl, driving out to the village of Standard, Alta. for the first time was like driving to outer space. I had rarely ever seen cows in fields or canola growing tall along the side of a double-lane highway. The car ride went on for what seemed like hours, as it usually did in the car when I was small. As I got older, I truly appreciated the drive to my grandparents' house and now that I’m driving there myself it seems shorter than ever.

When loved ones die, there is often pressure to deal with their possessions. The pressure to sort can come from multiple sources  — family members, friends, even well-meaning acquaintances. This story explores the experiences of two Calgary women — Joy Pavelich and Megan Henkelman — after the deaths of loved ones.