When a loved one dies, reactions are varied. Some may cry and some may withhold emotions. Some may withdraw and some may reach out. Each one reacts to grief in their personal way. What is common ground with most everyone is remembering.
Initially, the personal effects of the deceased, especially their clothing, provide a connection to their loved one. The clothing is held closely and the scent of their loved one is still apparent. Perhaps, of all the personal items, the clothing holds the closest sense of presence.
Maybe, that is why memory bears are a good way to honor and remember a loved one. Made from the loved one’s clothing, a memory bear is there to hold and hug as you remember.