In all of my thoughts, I never expected to be involved in a ministry that deals with the grief of another by the use of a soft, cuddly, twenty-two inch bear.
The uniqueness of the bear is that it is made from the favorite clothing of a loved one who has passed away. The bear functions in a therapeutic way for those that grieve by providing something to hold and hug as they remember their loved one.
As the teddy bears of our childhood brought a sense of comfort to us, memory bears provide the same sense of comfort to those who have lost a loved one. The tendency to hug resides within all of us. When the object of our affection is no longer here to hug, the memory bear is here to hold and hug through your tears and makes a difference for those that grieve.
In this life, you never know what’s around the next corner; for me it was memory bears. Inspired by my son’s death at 45, Memory Bears by Bonnie is my ministry.