A Keepsake for Generations

Why Memory Bears? How will that help my grief? How is that going to replace my loved one? Bears are for little kids are they not. What would my friends think?

These are some of the questions and concerns regarding the use of a stuffed bear to remember someone by. These are some of the answers to those questions.

A stuffed bear is recognized as a child’s toy. If you have ever watched a child with a bear, you will see that the bear gets a lot of huggin’; a lot of lovin’. The instinct to hug does not end with childhood. A memory bear made from a loved one’s clothing will get a lot of huggin’; a lot of lovin’.  Memory Bears are very therapeutic with grief and loss.

A memory bear will not replace your loved one. Nothing or no one will. Memory bears only help you to remember as you hug that favorite shirt or dress, etc.

I have watched, over and over again, the moment when someone picks up their memory bear for the first time. The tear going down their cheek says it all as they, without hesitation, hold their bear close to them. I know, at that moment, their memory bear is going to get a lot of “huggin”; a lot of lovin’.

As far as what a friend thinks: if they are truly a friend, they will share the moment with you. You might even have to share your bear with them.

Memory Bears are there to “hold and hug”: a “keepsake” for generations to come.

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Life’s Tapestry

“God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT)

The back of a tapestry appears very confusing with threads and knots going in every direction. It seems the time and material have been wasted; there is nothing of sense that the eye can see.

Life can be like the back of a tapestry when there are no clear answers or reasons why things happen as they do. Life, like the tapestry, can seem all knotted up and confusing with nothing for the eye to behold.

“God has made everything beautiful for its own time.” Someday, we will see the front of the tapestry and see the beauty that has been there the whole time.

Memory Bear Therapy

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To hold and hug, while you remember through tears of love…

that’s the therapy a Memory Bear brings.

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Along the Way

This path of life can take us in many different directions and can be uncertain with its challenges and turns. The length of the journey can be many years or just a few days. Eventually, whether short or long, we all reach the end of our earthly journey.

Along the way, there are blessings to gather and memories to make. There are tears to soften our hearts and smiles to light the way, discouragements to overcome and the hope to carry on. There are those we love who share the journey with us. There are hellos and goodbyes, beginnings and endings…there is this and more, along the way.

Made with Love and Concern

I am thankful for my experience as a Certified Hospice Nursing Assistant. Without it, I am not sure if I would be able to expose myself to all the pain and loss I hear when talking with a grieving family member.

When the idea of creating Memory Bears came to me, I wanted my focus to be personable as I prepared the clothing that would be used for their bear. Talking with the family as they share their grief and memories of the one they have lost makes all the difference. Then, the bear can be made with love and concern.

Memory Bears are to be personable as they are made from your loved one’s clothing. They will be there for you to “hold and hug” as you remember.

If you would like more information about Memory Bears for you or your family, call or email me. See “Contact Me” for details.

“May your memories linger always”