About Bonnie

 As a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing Assistant, I have assisted many families through the loss of a loved one. I empathize with the emotional and spiritual impact a death generates. Having lost my 45-year-old son, Jon, to cancer in 2010, I understand how difficult it is during a time of loss.

Remembering your loved one is important and a special way to do that is with Memory Bears. The bears are 22 inches high and created from your loved one’s clothing. Memory Bears are personable and are there “to hold and hug” while remembering your loved one.

I created the Memory Bears (pictured above) after the death of my son, Jon, for his wife and children. Jon picked out the clothing before he died.

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215 responses to “About Bonnie

  1. Thanks for visiting my page and liking my article “The death of a loved one after an extended illness.” I am sending your link to my son in law. Many blessings!

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog. More importantly thank you for the meaningful and important work you do. A deep bow of gratitude to you.

  3. Bonnie, I am honoured to meet you and I am honoured that you graced my recent post with a like on my own blog. I am crying as I type this. That you have turned the death of your own child into such a positive through these beautiful bears is just humbling. The pain of loss never leaves us but your gift can help it find it’s place in the better person the grief can leave behind, if allowed. I have nothing left to make a bear from Matt’s life but I am sure as anything going to recommend you to recently bereaved people in my sphere. Long may you ride. And long may Jon look down with pride on his mummy x

  4. Hello Bonnie- thank you for visiting and the “like” on my post “Only on this side of heaven”. With so many options to read available, I truly appreciate you taking the time to read mine. What a beautiful ministry you have here. Proverbs 11:25 tells us “He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” Praying this promise for you and your family as you minister refreshing, healing and hope to the brokenhearted.

  5. What a lovely idea!

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog and for liking my post How To Handle Shattered Dreams . I really do appreciate how you’re helping families through Memory Bears. God strengthen you to do more.

  7. Bonnie, thank you for following my blog – what a beautiful way to honor your Son.

  8. Thanks for liking my blog today. Love your bears. They offer such comfort in a time when it is needed.

  9. alex-titley-ministries

    Thanks for reading and likeing my blog Bonnie. By the way you have a great ministry, just been looking at your page.

    Blessings

    Alex

  10. Thank you for liking one of my blog posts. You have a wonderful gift.

  11. It is a sincere pleasure to meet you and locate your site.

  12. I would like to say I love your blog and the wonderful and beautiful things you share as well as the inspiration and smiles you bring in doing so! Thank you for being you and I hope even if you do not accept awards you will accept the sentiment expressed as I honor you with one. There is no prize that comes with the award other than my appreciation and being grateful you are part of our world and making a difference by sharing in such a positive way…
    I have posted the award and link to it here I hope you will accept it or at least the sentiment behind it! http://artisticlyxpressedthoughts.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/awards-and-shared-gifts/

    With love,
    Joe

  13. I am sorry for the loss of your son – the “worst loss” – but your work honors him every time you are present for someone in need. You may enjoy some similar remembrances on my blog: http://soulgatherings.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/you-are-my-sunshine-2/

  14. Thank you for liking my post “Virtuous Death”. As a palliative care physician, I really appreciate the work you are doing. Maybe in India too we can start something similar helping people cope with their loss.

  15. What a great legacy you have created in Jon’s memory. May the memories of your time together sustain you through the years until you are reunited.

  16. Love the bears. And thank you for dropping by my blog. You never know how strong you are until you face real adversity. Bless.

  17. What a beautiful ministry. I will post your site to Facebook and email to friends and family. I am interested in maybe having one made for my mom, using something from my dad. (he passed away 10 years ago…she is still struggling without him) I have to check if she will “give up” an article of clothing to use!!! So sorry for the loss of your son. Through your loss and pain, you will touch many, many hearts. Love and blessings to you and your family:-)

  18. Thank you so much for the “like” on my blog. I came over to take a look at your site and I just love the incredible ministry you have here. Following now and looking forward to future posts.

  19. This is such a thoughtful and personal gift to a grieving family. I make memory quilts out of clothes for those who have lost loved ones. I made one for my family with my son, Russell’s clothes when he died. The bears are cute and such a sweet reminder that our loved ones are close by

  20. Thanks for visiting my blog. I am very touch by your story!

  21. Thank you for visiting me at City Jackdaw.
    That is really important work you are doing. Respectful best wishes to you.

  22. What a wonderful idea! I wish I had thought of something like that when my brother passed — my parents would have cherished a Memory Bear, especially my father. You have the gift of creativity as well as a gift of compassion — thanks so much for stopping by Mrs. City Boy and liking my post!

  23. Thank you for visiting my blog earlier. I’m so glad I got to stop by yours! What a beautiful thing you’ve got going on here. I’m sure these bears touch so many lives.

  24. Bonnie, Thanks so much for visiting my blog. A friend here at Hosparus (Hospice of Louisville) had told me just a week ago about your wonderful ministry. God be with you in your work. You are doing a world of good in a world that has so much pain … and so much grace and love.

  25. Thank you for visiting my blog. I, too, am trying to find a way to help people who hurt. I can see how your idea could help widows too, the main focus of my blog. May God bless your efforts.

  26. What an inspired gift – it’s beautiful!

  27. Dear Bonnie – Thank you for visiting my site. I would not have known about your Memory Bears otherwise! Thank you for your service of love! Elke

  28. I have nominated your blog for the Blog of The Year 2012 Award. For more information you may click the link to my blog http://quitusingexcuses.com/2012/12/27/what-an-honor-to-be-nominated-for-the-blog-of-the-year-2012-award Congratulations!!!

  29. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post, Bonnie. Your memory bears are such a sweet way to remember a loved one.

  30. I did an internship in hospice; it was so incredibly challenging, I had lost my father two years earlier and had not dealt with the emotions at that point. I could not believe how much the hospice workers and volunteers give of themselves.

    What a wonderful creation you have in your bears.

    Thank you so much for sharing.

    Always.

  31. Bonnie I have nominated you for for the Super sweet blogging award for your lovely blog in helping people who are also hurting. Your poems have touched a part of me I thought was gone forever. Thank you for your lovely poems that bring those I have lost back to me.
    http://thoughtsfromanamericanwoman.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/a-bloggers-heart/
    Blessings, Patty

  32. Wow, what an awesome idea and a great way to reach out to those who are hurting. Thanks for what you’re doing here, and thanks for visiting my site and liking my poem. Keep it up!

  33. How beautiful to turn such a tragedy into a gift, I am really touched by your post and blog.

  34. Thanks for stopping by. These are such a lovely idea! And you are a wonderful person.

  35. Thanks for finding me, Bonnie, you are a kindred spirit and your labor of love is truly inspiring.
    Warm regards,
    Renee

  36. Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to read it! I had no idea what a huge blessing I would find when came over here to find out a little more about you! Your ministry brings tears to my eyes! Keep up the good work!

  37. What a beautiful way to spend your time. You are an angel. ❤

  38. Thanks for liking my post Bonnie. Your work is to be applauded. Pete.

  39. As a recently resigned Hospice nurse, I applaud your work here with the bears. Great idea! Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post1

  40. This is a great thing! Thanks for visiting my blog, as well. I hope you return on occasion.

  41. Thank you for stopping by my blog. God bless you working in hospice and for your ministry with the bears. I have a girlfriend who makes pillow cases from loved one’s T-shirts for family members who lost a loved one. So sorry for your own deep loss.

  42. Thats a wonderful Ministry Bonnie. We, on this side of the world, may not be able to benefit from your gift but those hundreds other who ARE, will be surely uplifted by this wonderful gesture. A big God bless!

    Thanks for liking my post.

  43. THANK YOU Bonnie for visiting my blog and enjoying my post about the wonderful man I called “dad”. It is people like you in palliative care who make the families left behind so grateful for an easy transition. Out carer in Hospice was a girl called Pamela and she was an inspiration to us. x

  44. Bonnie,
    Thank you for stopping by my blog which allowed me to find yours. I am so sorry for the loss of your son. Your bears are a wonderful tribute to him. Blessings to you and your efforts.

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  46. Thank you for visiting Justice for Raymond. Your work here is so touching.

  47. HI Bonnie! It’s not nearly enough but I wanted to let you know what an inspiration your work and blog is to me. I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiringing Blogger Award. You can find it here: http://saintintraining.net/2012/07/16/nominated-for-two-awards/
    There are instructions to accept it but really, there’s no need. I just wanted to say “Thank You” for being you!

  48. Thank you so much for the visit to LightWriters (5wise.wordpress.com) I thank God for the amazing inspiration you and Butch are, shining through with the Lord’s hope and love in countless ways. Many blessings, Susan

  49. What a beautiful ministry, what a blessing! You’re truly a generous soul – God’s given you the ability to transform tremendous hurt into a blessed comfort. He’s an amazing God and He’s made one amazing woman!

    Blessings,
    Rebecca

  50. Your blog is awesome! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

  51. Your posts always touch my heart. I am giving you the One Lovely Blog Award.

    http://peace4me521.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/those-who-inspire-me/

    Kathy

  52. What a wonderful blessing to share with others as the find comfort holding on to a Memory Bear. May the Lord continue to bless each kind act of words and deeds you do unto others.

    Terra

  53. Absolutely love your bears!

  54. You heart creates something so wonderful and lovable for people to have and hold after a death. Your calling and ministry is such a gift. I worked with EOL patients and families in hospital settings for 7 years as the chaplain. I know the families would have treasured these gifts. I most certainly will pray for your family and all those who you accompany on your journey.
    Blessings, Erin, Bella Bleue

  55. What a gift of love. Thanks for the inspiration

  56. Bonnie, thanks so much for liking this morning’s piece. I’m new to your blog and see we are connected at the hip by the mutuality of losing an adult child. Love the bears. I’ll be back.

  57. God bless you and your ministry! I’m humbled that you like my “Poetry as pain reliever” poem on my blog. I can’t imagine your own pain but what a blessing you turned it into.

  58. Thank you for checking out my blog! I love what you’re doing with your Memory Bears project. It reminds me of the little bears each of my family members had to represent my little brother, while he was away in the Navy. I know that’s not quite the same thing, but it’s nice to have a little friend to remind you of a loved one every time you look at it.

  59. Thanks for the visit and like 🙂 .. you are a wonderful person and a great soul… take care

  60. Thank you for the visit and like :)… You are a wondefull artist and a great soul…

  61. Hi Bonnie,

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I’m glad—honored—that you liked my post. Your Memory Bears are a beautiful way to remember a loved one.

    All best wishes,
    Marci

  62. Bonnie, a wonderful and unique ministry that God has blessed. Thank you for using your gifts to serve others!

  63. I’ve been following your blog along for a while now and like it. Today I would like to pass on the opportunity to nominate the “Sunshine Award” to you. If you want to accept, please follow the simple steps:

    – include the image on your blog
    – answer some questions about yourself (see my blog post at: http://mirjamfels.com/2012/02/28/sunshine-award/)
    – nominate another 10-12 bloggers
    – link to the one who nominated you

    Blessings and thank you for reading my message,
    Mirjam

    PS: Keep up the good work. People need encouragement – and practical advice – now more than ever.

  64. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Bonnie… the work you do is amazing. I’m on the front end of life as a midwife… your work with Hospice is so important and your bears amazing!

  65. Bonnie,
    Thanks for taking the time to read “When Jesus Crawls In Your Boat.”
    Thanks for what you do for “the least of these.”

  66. I came by to say “Thank you” for the “Like” on my blog, and read about this amazing ministry. I have goose bumps and tears in my eyes. We had been wondering what to do with some of my brother’s shirts, since his style was so different. I will probably be contacting you shortly about getting a couple of bears made.

  67. Bonnie,
    I believe what you are doing, is an extension of your grief; it is a way to extend your continued love. We never forget, we always remember, we can choose to remember in a healthy productive way or choose to go into a depression unable to help others or ourselves. You have chosen the former, I too choose the former, this is the place where we can leave a legacy to a live we loved.
    I shall post this onto our site for those wanting to express hope and love.
    Believe In Life

  68. Bonnie, I stopped by to Thank you for the “Like” in our “In His Grace” blog not realizing that I was going to find a woman with such a great ministry!
    What you are doing is amazing!
    I pray that God continues to bless you abundantly and guide you as you bless others with such a simple, yet comforting gift. 😀

  69. What a wonderful and moving idea. I have tears in my eyes. It is such a beautiful thing that you are doing.

  70. Really, really nice. My dad lived his last few hours in hospice. Good for you on this great ministry. I love coming across people on the blog who are doing great things.

  71. My heart breaks for parents who lose a child. Many blessings to you and your good work.

  72. Hey, Bonnie, thanks for visiting my blog and clicking “Like” on the “Opie” article. I’m so glad you liked it. It has gotten good response. I am touched by your investment of so much time, energy, and money in the creating of these memory bears. I’m also glad that so many families have been blessed by them. There’s just nothing that can make us happier in this world than to know our work and efforts have helped and blessed someone else. God keep you going strong in your loving efforts.
    Sandra

  73. This is an absolutely marvelous way to commemorate the lossof a loved one

  74. This is indeed a beautiful and touching ministry, and I’m moved that you came up with such a gracious solution, so fitting and so comforting. Bless you.
    Kathryn

  75. THAT is an amazing thing. I had never heard of that, such an incredible idea.
    Thank you for this, I’ve enjoyed perusing your blog and thank you so much for visiting my blog.

  76. The bears are such an amazing idea! The work you do, as a nursing assistant, especially one in hospice, is so important. Your compassion and strength shines through your posts. You have found a wonderful way to stay more connected with loved ones lost, thank you so much for sharing!

  77. Thank you for visiting my blog;http:// marysfarmreport.com
    “There IS No Death”, helped sooth my sorrow when my first born son; David died of a heart attack. I hope it gives you some comfort in your loss.
    I love your Bear idea.
    Love,
    Mary

  78. Such a wonderful thing that came out of such a devastating event. I have made memory quilts for me and my family and I always feel like I’m getting a great big hug from my loved ones when I wrap it around me.

  79. Hi Bonnie – Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am so sorry for your loss…and am sending peace and love to you! ~Sherry~

  80. You have a beautiful heart and a lovely creation here. So glad you visited my blog so I could see yours today.

  81. Wonderful ministry. I nominated you for two awards and you can find more information here http://jeanneschkeryantz.com/2012/01/24/thank-you-rhonda-and-jeanne/

  82. Your blog is always so inspiring… I am giving you The Lovely Blog Award:
    http://365daysofcourage.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/one-lovely-blog-award/

  83. Hi Bonnie,

    I’ve nominated you another award…the Versatile Blogger Award, so please visit me for more info:
    http://lscotthoughts.com/2012/01/16/another-lovely-versatile-blogger-award.
    Lauren

  84. Such a lovely idea and a way to feel forever close to those we lose too soon.

  85. Hi Bonnie! I have nominated you for the Candle Lighter Award! Please stop and post a comment to accept. Congrats, Celeste

  86. 1millionthoughts

    good morning.
    Firstly I am sorry for your loss and secondly, I am glad to hear that something so positive has come from it. I think what you are doing is amazing and wish you the best of luck for the future.

  87. Hi Bonnie,

    I’ve nominated you for the Candle Lighter Award, so please visit me for more info:
    http://lscotthoughts.com/2012/01/10/candle-lighter-award.
    Blessings, Lauren

  88. This is such a great idea! And there’s a Notre Dame bear. That’s so neat. I just wrote about my dad being a big Notre Dame fan today, and then I came across your post.

  89. This is the coolest idea I have ever seen! Using the clothing of our loved one who has passed is a great idea, and turning it into a sweet bear that can be held close has got to be such a comfort – amazing way to help during a difficult time…

  90. What a wonderful idea. I am sorry to hear about the death of your son. Death is so hard. My hardest death so far was the death of my father when I was 18. They say there is nothing harder than the death of a child – no matter their age. My grandmother was still alive when my Dad died and i remember how hard it was for her. I was diagnosed with Cancer in 2010. I’m hanging in there and FIGHTING! Thank you for all you are doing to reach out to others who are grieving. May God bless you and your work.

  91. I have nominated you for the versatile blog award. You can find information on what to do at this link: http://workthedream.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/3898/
    I really enjoy the blog…:)

  92. This is truly awesome, Bonnie. Thanks for checking out my blog earlier. I’m glad that curiosity led me back to yours. 🙂

    Thanks for all you do.
    -jmb-

  93. You have a great heart for others and you are a hero to those hurting. May God always bless you and yours!

  94. Beautiful ministry Bonnie! I will share your work with others. You are an earthly angel!

  95. Hi Bonnie. I just want to thank you for visiting my blog and ‘liking’ my latest post. I’m sorry to hear about Jon, and I admire the good work you do for people.

    Best wishes for a Happy Christmas and a great 2012.

  96. What a beautiful way to remember those we love, Bonnie!

  97. Elaine Gallinelli Falk

    Hi Bonnie,
    What a great project you are doing. I read most of the people that acknowledged you. YOU are a WONDERFUL PERSON! My family will never forget you. You were so good to brother Joe.
    I am so happy you sent your site. The bears are wonderful.
    Stay in touch. Elaine

  98. What a beautiful gift of comfort you offer to the grieving. My deepest sympathies on the loss of your son, and how wonderful that you have found a way to help others through your own experiences. Best wishes to you.

  99. Hi Bonnie!
    Thanks for checking out my blog (Isolated Thunder) and liking my mother’s post (I Can’t Handle This). I admire your courage, working with Hospice and Palliative Care patients. it’s something I’ve thought of, but don’t know if I could. It takes a special person to be able to do what you do, and I’m grateful there are people like you out there. My father died two years ago 11/23, and we were all around him, including his hospice nurse. It was like he was waiting for her to be there too. She was a Godsend, and made a world of difference, as it is clear you do. It is a great thing you are doing here with your Memory Bears – keep it up!

  100. This is a beautiful ministry you have! A memory holder and a comfort giver… a wonderful idea!

  101. Well goodness gracious me, this is one of the best ideas I have ever seen. Just amazing. I’m 28 and sleep with George from the kid’s TV show, Rainbow every night. I bought him when I was 17, 7 months after we lost my brother to cancer. He was 26. I write my blog, a series of letters to him, and find it’s a great help. I’ll be showing what you do to my parents; they’ll take comfort in knowing that someone else understands. I’ll also be sharing with my friends. Well done, Bonnie, you really are an inspiration and what you do must help so many people as they deal with their grief. xx

  102. Thanks for liking my post and for reading. What a great blog you have here. Happy Holidays to you!

  103. hey thanks for liking my blog..im new one i dont know yet how the things work here but what i wrote is from my heart.
    i love what you do here..what an amazing way to keep your arms open and full…

  104. Thank you for reading raw, and for the beautiful work you are doing. I would like to invite you to write raw. Please contact me if you are interested in sharing your story

    Best,
    Jill

  105. You are AWESOME, Bonnie! I love what you do!

  106. Hi Bonnie: Thank you for visiting and “liking” my post Finding Home Health Care Services. These bears are beautiful and It is wonderful to see you are able to give comfort and strength for others during their time of loss – while you are still healing.

    This is a wonderful gift for a caregiver or a family member who has lost a loved one and I have put this on my facebook page to let caregivers know they still have a way of “connecting” with the one they lost.

    Be well and safe journey,
    BJ

  107. Thank you for visiting my blog. I love the work that you are doing.

  108. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I love the thought of the bears. Dianne

  109. Hello Bonnie:
    Thank you for reading my blog and “liking” it. I know that Butch Dean is your husband and I thoroughly enjoy his writings….they are encouraging and bring refreshing to my soul.
    Your bears are wonderful and thoughtful.

    God Bless you!
    Glenda

  110. Bonnie, Thanks so much for “liking” my blog post When Life Gives You Lemons. Your Memory Bears are a wonderful way to feel close to loved ones who have passed. Truly touching story!

  111. Hello Bonnie. Thank you for taking time out of your day to visit my blog. regularly. I don’t always say thank you, but I always see your name and appreciate your interest. As one who has been in hospice I can onlly say God Bless you for what you do. It is the most important job there is.

  112. Love the bears, Bonnie, and thank you for visiting my blog. The hospice organization that my husband registered with told us of this idea and I had them made for his sister, her eldest daughter, his favorite cousin, and myself. Mine is made from the shirt he last wore when we last went out together for breakfast and to run errands…:)

  113. I love the bears. What a wonderful, tangible, and personal way to express our grief and heal.

    Thank you,
    Paulann Canty

  114. Hi Bonnie,
    Thanks for liking my post “Hot Dogs Up Cancer Risk by 21%”.
    You have truly borne with courage and fortitude the loss of a loved one. Your hearfelt gesture of helping other heal with your lovely Memory Bears is truly inspiring. Keep up the good work and God Bless!

  115. Many thanks, Bonnie. God’s peace,

    Br. James

  116. Hi Bonnie,
    Thank you for visiting and liking the post “Be kind whenever possible–it’s always possible.”
    I follow and enjoy your posts very much. Your bears and your story are so uplifting and healing. Keep up the good work!
    Hugs,
    Silvia
    http://www.festivebazaar.wordpress.com

  117. Hi Bonnie,

    Thanks so much for “liking” my “Hurting Angel” poem and for visiting my blog! Your story is very touching and I’m so sorry for the loss of your son…your bears are adorable and create an incredible gift of love…may God Bless you and your family~♥
    Lauren

  118. The bears are so sweet, do you make anything besides the bears?

  119. Bonnie, your story was really nice to read. It takes a special person to take the best out of a horrible situation. We’ve lost a lot of soldiers where I’m at in Afghanistan, and remembering is all anyone wants, I think. Thanks for being so positive.

  120. Sorry for your experience in losing your son. You have brought many people to a better place because of the care your gifts generate.

  121. Thank you for touching so many lives thru your inspiring blog and your wonderful crafts that turn sorrow into joy. I admire your strength and fortitude as a woman of Godly faith. May more lives be blessed by your beautiful heart.

  122. I can only imagine how much the work you do comforts people who most need to be comforted.

    God bless you, Bonnie.

  123. I love this idea to be able to have something tactile and comforting to remember a loved one. God bless

  124. Thank you for sharing your inspired thoughts and creations. May God bless all your endeavours.

  125. Dear Bonnie, your story is heart wrenching, but you are turning it into something so wonderful! Your creative idea is amazing. Hang in there, keep praying and know that God loves you!

  126. Bonnie,
    Thank you for liking my Day 41: Angels of love story. I love your memory bear idea. Would you mind if I feature you as one of my “Making a Difference” features? You are doing such important work, all rolled up in a cuddly bear–the world needs more like you!

  127. i came across your blog today and i have to say how wonderfull its is
    and what you have done and love you have shown and the thought and care
    you deserve to be a mum who is proud as your son would be so proud of you as he sit up there in heaven watching over you each day
    his mum is so special in everyway . well done from kevin. you deserve some kind of award i think .

  128. Hi Bonnie,
    Thank you for “liking” my post, “the life after,” on the Westview WOW blog (growing toward the light). May God bless you for the beautiful work you are doing. You are bringing hope and comfort to others, and I know that touches His heart. You will be in my prayers, and I wish you well. Hugs to you!

  129. Thanks so much for “liking” our page.
    The memory bears you make are beautiful. It’s wonderful to hear the blessings they bring.

  130. Hi Bonnie,
    Like the others who have written here, I also appreciate the work you are doing, and wanted to express my thanks for liking my blog post, “The Sweet Double Life of a Widow.” Navigating the waters of grief with a steady hand and an open heart is no easy task. I’m impressed with how you have channeled your own into such a positive endeavor. You give so much to so many… I am terribly sorry for your loss. Your son was very lucky to be loved so deeply by you…
    All my best,
    Deborah

  131. Dear Bonnie,
    I received an email from wordpress saying you liked my Blog article about Let The Light Shine Down. Thank you for saying that! How on earth did you even find me? I was feeling a bit lost as sea wondering how on earth I was ever going to get people to see my Blog.
    I am so sorry that you lost such a beautiful son. I cannot imagine the grief your heart is going through. I hope doing your bears and your Blog are helping to heal your heart. It’s wonderful what you are doing. Please hang in there and I pray God eases your emptiness.
    Again thank you for your thumbs up on my article. I really appreciate it a lot! There is still hope I guess of being seen…Take care….Blessings…Hollis

  132. Very inspiring to others. Those in heaven guide us through our days and visit with us in our dreams.

  133. That is a wonderful way to help people who are bereaved, we all love teddy bears from the oldest to the youngest of us all.You are an amazingly good woman. God bless you and give you strength . Thank you for visiting my page you are always welcome. xx

  134. Thank you so much for sharing your story – and for the wonderful work you do.

  135. What an amazing woman you are! I applaud you for your service to hospice care. I could not have taken care of my mother and grandmother without their support. I am sorry for the loss of your son. My son has a chronic disease. I cannot possibly imagine losing him. Thank you for sharing your life with the rest of us! ❤

  136. Hi there Bonnie. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I am sitting here looking at my 18 month old twins and reading about you with tears in my eyes. May God bless.

  137. Hi Bonnie thank you so much for visiting my blog and liking one of my posts. This is a beautiful idea you have created by honoring the memories of those we have lost with a tangible reminder of their lives. Sending you light and grace and thinking of your son Jon.

  138. Thank you for reading my poetry Bonnie…Just wanted to say what you are doing is a wonderful thing to do…May God bless you…Russ

  139. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Bonnie. God bless you as you seek to bring comfort to others as a result of your loss. I’m sure your son would be honored knowing you are remembering him in such a way.

  140. thoughts memories confessions

    Wow, Bonnie, what an amazing project. I’m truly inspired.

    Love, Phebe

  141. This is amazing..I have been trying to figure out a way to utalize my daughters clothing in a special way for her 2 older brothers and 1 younger..Im truely touched what a great idea!!!
    In loveing memory of my beautiful daughter:
    Janelle Lola Faye
    October 24, 2006~October 29, 2007 (1yr 5days here on earth)

  142. This is a wonderful project. Thank you for visiting my blog, and for all the wonderful work and support you give.

  143. Thank you regarding my blog AS I STAND BEFORE GOD. I think your memory bears are a good idea. So sorry for your loss.

  144. Hi Bonnie. Not sure exactly how the interweavings of God’s spirit binds us all together, but my mom is dying of cancer and they give her five months to live and your memory bears are inspiring. Thanks for visiting my blog today and I know there is a reason for everything under the sun. I would like to put a link to your page on my facebook. Continued blessings to you and those you reach. God is good!

  145. What a beautiful idea to honor your son and help others who have lost a loved one. I am touched by your story – thank you for sharing it.

  146. How wonderful! That’s such a beautiful thing to make and you so clearly understand about loss and grieving.
    I’m glad you liked my post today and I’m glad I found out about your memory bears.

  147. Great blog and such a great mission to pursue!

  148. Really nice to create such a wonderful gift!

  149. I am about the same age as your son and have just been given my first all clear scan after a harrowing treatment regime for Head and Neck cancer. I am very sorry things didn’t work out better for your son and offer my sincerest condolences for your loss. I pray my partner will not be ordering a bear for many years but your work is admirable.

  150. What a tender ministry you have, Bonnie. So many that I loved so much have died in the past few years. Hospice was indeed a comfort. Your bears are a sweet reminder. God bless you and you so lovingly give.

  151. This is such a beautiful and practical ministry. May God bless you as you continue to help families through the loss and grieving process.

  152. So sorry for your loss, Bonnie. Love what you’re doing to move forwards.

  153. Thanks so much for the encouragement Mrs. Bonnie. This is a marvelous ministry and gift you’ve made available to those in need of comfort during their loss. God Bless You.

  154. What a wonderful idea. Great job in bringing comfort to so many people in need. x

  155. Hi Bonnie!! Thanks for liking one of my posts 😀
    I think your idea of having a Memory Bear during times of loss – and after – is a great way to feel better. Sorry to hear about your son.
    The work you do is inspiring, and think of how many people you’ve helped by inventing those Memory Bears! 🙂

  156. Aww this brought on a smile. Thank you, your blogs are very inspirational :]

  157. Hi Bonnie, I thank you for the visit to my site. I think I may have posted a writting of yours which I received via email. I hope this is Ok by you
    You have a wonderful site here. I am glad i visited and I will return
    Bill @ Dying Man’s Daily Journal

  158. Hi Bonnie, thank you for visiting my blog 🙂

  159. Hi Bonnie, thanks for popping over to my site and also that you liked my poem “Hope”.
    I don’t have anything like a bear but I do have my mom’s tea cup and saucer and use it as a pen & pencil holder, so she’s always here.
    Will check out more of your site soon.

  160. enjoyed reading your blog, thanks for sharing!

  161. wordsfallfrommyeyes

    Bonnie, how absolutely lovely what you do with those bears. Made me smile. You are a special person.

    I liked your post on grieving but couldn’t find anywhere to comment, by the way.

    Also – thank you for liking my word ‘to just be’ – I appreciate your appreciation very much 🙂

    Sincerest regards,

    Noeleen

  162. Hi Bonnie. Lovely of you to stumble upon my blog, though I have only just begun exploring this poetry/writing blogging community. I just wanted to leave a personal message to say thank you and I think what you’re doing is very inspiring. You have reminded me that there are still wonderful people out there and the smallest gestures can have the biggest impact on the lives of others. All the best, Lily.

  163. a very touching idea, to have something to hold on to, that really is a part of them, must have a positive effect upon the families or friends of the person that has passed away.

  164. Thanks for sharing your Blog Bonnie and the beautiful work that you do. God bless your heart and all the families you’ve touched.

  165. Bonnie, I hope you don’t mind but I shared your About Me page on Facebook. I think your idea is awesome.

  166. As I’ve already mentioned on other sections of your site – wonderful idea & gesture, wonderful lady. Thanks so much for your kind words to me Bonnie!

  167. What a wonderful idea. Thanks for giving your time and talents to others. I’m grateful to know you are out there doing this!
    (p.s. thanks for “liking” the recent post on my blog)

  168. You are brilliant. And kind. Thank you for finding my post, which led me back to you. I’m sorry for your pain. But so grateful people like you do what you do to help others through their pain. God bless.

  169. I absolutly love what you do. What a fabulous idea !!!!! They are sooooo cute and mean so much more than just a regular bear. Keep up the GREAT work xoxoxoxox

  170. Hey, Bonnie.

    Thanks for liking my post on ‘Diplomacy in Grief’. I love the idea of what you do. 🙂

    Best wishes,

    Casey

  171. hello bonnie
    thank you for visiting my blog and I’m so happy to learn about you and the memory bears

    i’ve lost so many in the past 10 years, my father, mother, brother, dog and many friends to cancer and suicide. a bear would have helped. I know it would have.

    love
    Uma Bode (blue sky poet)

  172. The idea of a memory bear is so simple yet so meaningful. So far in life i’ve only had to experience the pain of one death of a loved one. And I know apart from the memories, that would be one other gift I would love to hold on to!

  173. What a beautiful way to give a tangilbe source of comfort to those who need it!

  174. What a wonderful Lovely lady you must be. i lost my Mother 42 years ago and the pain still hurts to day.

    I would like to thank you for visiting my blog and reading my Faith post and if you do not mind I shall press the ‘follow’ button so that I can read more of your wonderful words.

    Thank you again Patrecia

  175. I love this idea of remembering someone with something so universally loved like a teddy bear. What a wonderful way to provide comfort to those especially children who may not be able to fully express their grief and need that extra hug.

  176. Thanks for visiting my page and reading my poetry. We all find a way to deal with feelings – here’s hoping that the creative ways continue to grow.

  177. Dear Bonnie Thanx for visiting my blog coz then I got to see your blog too.
    I must say i’m deeply touched by the kind of work you are doing..remarkable indeed is your Business of Love…
    keep up the gud work!

  178. Beautiful! What a great site!

    Lizzie

  179. Thanks, Bonnie, for reaching out to young and old alike who need something soft to hold when the pain of grief is overwhelming.

    HUGS
    Peggy Sweeney
    http://sweeney-alliance.org/journeysthrugrief/

  180. Your bears are so beautiful, what a wonderful idea. I work in a hospice too as a health care assistant and i know that these bears would be such a comfort to families and especially children who are losing their loved ones. Wow, is all i can say! What a lovely lady you are.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to read and like a post on my blog 🙂 I am very much looking forward to reading more of yours.

  181. Hello Bonnie,
    I’m so pleased that you enjoyed my post “Rich Man, Poor Man.” I am a recent blogger my self but feel very blessed that God has given me the time and opportunity to write. I visited your blog and really enjoyed the one on denial. Your feelings sound so familiar. Thank you for sharing some of your background. Your writing is very heartfelt. I look forward to reading more.

  182. Carey D. Henderson

    This is one of the sweetest, gentlest ideas I’ve ever heard of. Truly a blessing & a way to heal for anyone who recieves one. God put you on the planet for this purpose. Amazing! 🙂

  183. May God lead you and guide you and bring healing to you as you grieve. Time will help heal but only God makes us whole. May the heart to bless others in turn bless you.

  184. Hi Bonnie,

    Thank you for visiting and liking my recent post; “Getting Worse and Not Better”. I just read; “About Bonnie” to discover your story. I am so sorry for your recent loss of your son. I do pray for God’s grace to shine down upon you as you pass through such a difficult time in your life. I recently posted a question on my facebook page; Becky Dvorak (author), you may want to share your thoughts on this question; “How do you support a friend that is battling cancer? Please share your honest thoughts.”

    Blessings to you,
    Becky Dvorak

  185. Often when someone “Likes” my blog, curiosity prompts me to check out just why. Sometimes it’s because they share an interest, sometimes it’s just a way of spamming more views for their site. I was pleased to find that although you’re running a business; it’s a very worthwhile one indeed. I was happy to be led into checking your blog out. I’m sure your work has made a real difference to many people.

    Good luck with this project!

  186. Definitely “a business of love”! Having lost several loved ones to cancer, I appreciate the comfort of having personal items that help us remember the good times and the beauty my loved ones poured out on my life.
    And, thanks for stopping by my blog. So honored to know you enjoyed it!

  187. Bonnie, what a moving story and thoughtful gift you provide here! Thanks so much for stopping by my site and liking my post from last night. So great to connect with others who have gone through similar things. Blessings on you as you continue in this new season, and I hope you’ll stop by again and say hi sometime.

  188. This is a wonderful sentiment. Thank you for your support and love.

  189. Thanks for liking my post! My aunt is a cancer survivor, too. The bears are great. =)

  190. I am touched by your story and how you turned your pain into love by reaching out to others by making these beautiful bears! I am sure you son would be very proud of you! God bless you!

  191. Thanks for liking the latest post on my blog eol2die4.com. I hope the posts help others approach the topic that is so difficult to discuss.

  192. Thank you Bonnie for liking my post. God bless you as you minister to those of us who have lost loved ones. Your bears are adorable and a great way to bring some joy into grieving people’s lives.

  193. you have a good blog for sharing feelings and emotions. when i see these bears, i remember my childhood. keep doing it, and thank you for liking my post. 🙂

  194. this is one of the most beautiful gifts to give someone who has gone through this lost. I just love the idea and the work. Here at India, we do not have hospices. It is good enough we have hospitals in at least the cities. I’ve always been thinking of creating a space like a hospice.

    Your blog is extremely inspiring. Thanks for landing up at mine. 🙂

    Love,
    Sam.

  195. choosingtobreathe

    Hi Bonnie. Thanks for visiting my blog and “liking” one of my posts. This is a wonderful idea you have.

  196. Hi, Bonnie, I noticed that you “liked” one of my posts. Thank you so much for taking the time to read it. And after reading your special blog, I understand why you did. What a special and wonderful idea you were given to do the for other families struggling with the grief of a loved one who has “gone on before us.” Not to mention, how therapeutic it must be for you too.

    If I have your permission, I’ll pass the word about your blog, and your mission. Yes, it’s a business but, it’s your mission, too.
    🙂

  197. thanks for dropping by my page bonnie, but most of all thank you for allowing me to know your blog and seeing your writings, i don’t know that much on what your going through right but i hope that you overcome it someday and good luck.. continue to inspire more people bonnie! 😀

  198. Ahh, I see why you “liked” my post. I lost a sister very young in life, your work is a wonderful idea for families, especially for children. Good luck in your endeavors!

  199. Hi Bonnie, I just wanted to say what a beautiful idea; truly a labor of love. You have touched my heart, blessings to you and may the peace of God encase your heart with memories of Jon always. Colleen

  200. What a lovely idea.

  201. Hey Bonnie,
    Thanks for visiting my page. What a lovely idea this is! I’ve made some of my dad’s shirts into a patchwork quilt whilst he was sick (part of it is my avatar image) and I love the idea of making something creative as a focus for memories.

  202. Love the work you do! It is a great service to those going through the grieving process. It has been studied and fond to be helpful in the mourning process.

  203. Thank you for taking time to read my poetry…And ty even more for the work you are doing…it is inspiring what you do and uplifting as well…Russ

  204. Creatively beautiful! 🙂

  205. What an inspiring and compassionate response to tragedy & grief. You have a gift, turning sadness into joy and comfort. May your memories of your son help you heal and share with others…

    Amit
    healingpilgrim.wordpress.com

  206. Aww Bonnie, I’m moved by your story! Receiving those cuddly Memory Bears as gifts are truly touching, knowing they come from the heart. 🙂

  207. What an incredible gift to give after the loss of a loved one. Your heart for others after your own devastating loss is truly inspiring. Such a beautiful example of how beauty can come from ashes.

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