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A printout of a loved one’s final heartbeats – captured and displayed in a tiny bottle – is a small gesture that means a lot to grieving families after the loss of a loved one.

Charis MItchell, RN, PCCN, a surgical trauma ICU nurse at Carolinas Medical Center, remembers feeling at a loss on how to help family members who lost a loved one. After doing research, she found an idea that seemed right – a heartbeat in a bottle. See how one family has kept this small token close to their heart.