A small child trembles in the darkness. She reaches for her friend, hugs him tight, then falls asleep. The darkness is no longer frightening with her friend close by.
The fear of the dark is a common childhood issue. In most cases, the problem is solved by a small object that the child names and they become best friends.
Death is like the darkness from childhood. Someone dies and, like the child, we tremble in the darkness. Like the child, we need a friend; someone who we can hug and will listen to our tears of pain and calm our trembling.
For the child, a small, cuddly bear became this friend. For those who mourn the loss of a loved one, adult or child, this same small, cuddly bear can be that friend when you find yourself alone in the darkness of loss.