Thursday, April 30, 2015

What Grieving Moms Want for Mother's Day

Acknowledgement ....

This is what grieving moms want most for Mother's Day.

Recently, when 200 grieving moms were asked the question, “What can others say or do on Mother's Day to make this day a little easier for you”,  over 80% percent of the 200 respondents answered, "Recognize that I am a mother". 

Renee Wood, former Neonatal Social Worker and founder of The Comfort Company, an online sympathy gift store, agrees.  

“While Mother's Day is a day of celebration for many woman...for some, it's painful reminder of a terrible loss.  It's important to remember those moms who have had a failed pregnancy or who have lost a child at any age."

In response to the survey results, offers these ten simple ways to reach out to a grieving mother on this difficult holiday.
1. Recognize that they are a mother: Offer a hug and a "Happy Mother's Day". Send a card to let them know you remember they are a mother even though their child is not with them physically.

2. Acknowledge they have had a loss: Express the message, "I know this might be a difficult day for you. I want you to know that I am thinking about you.”

3. Use their child's name in conversation: One mother responded, "People rarely speak his name anymore, but when they do it’s like music to my ears".

4. Plant a living memorial: A tree or rose bush, like memories, will grow in beauty as the years pass.

5. Visit the grave site: Many mothers felt that it was "extremely thoughtful" when others visited their child's grave site and left flowers or a small pebble near the headstone.

6. Light a candle: Let the mother know you will light a candle in memory of their child on Mother's Day.

7. Share a memory or pictures of the child: Give the gift of a memory. One mother wrote that the "greatest gift you can give is a heart felt letter about my child and a favorite memory with them".

8. Send a gift of remembrance: Many mothers felt a small gift would be comforting. Suggestions included: an angel statue, jewelry, a picture frame, a library book or toy donation in the child’s name or anything personalized.

9. Don't try to minimize the loss: Avoid using any clichés that attempt to explain the death of a child. ("God needed another angel.") Secondly, don't try to find anything positive about the loss ("You still have two healthy children").

10. Encourage Self-Care: Self-care is an important aspect of the "healing the mind and spirit effort" according to several mothers. Encourage a grieving mother to take care of herself. Give her a gift certificate to a day spa or any place where she can be pampered.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Create Your Own Memorial Bench

We've had a lot of requests from people who want to create a memorial bench which is completely customizable.  I'm thrilled to be able to honor these requests!  We now offer a bench which can be inscribed with the wording of your choice, as well as the ability to add graphics. 

The process is really simple.  Just place an order and write your special text and select a graphic if you like.  A proof will be created for your own, one of a kind memorial bench.  Once you are completely happy with the look of the proof, the memorial bench will be created just for you.

I hope this helps for those of you who are looking for a way to express just the right sentiment on a special memorial.

Create Your Own Memorial Bench

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sympathy Messages That Comfort

It's so difficult to think of the perfect sympathy messages to convey what you are feeling. You may be afraid that you'll upset someone if you bring up their loss or say their loved ones name. Ironically, this is exactly what those who are grieving need. Recently a customer sent me this sympathy quote that I just love:

"The mention of my mother's name may bring tears to my eyes, but it never fails to bring music to my ears. If you are really my friend, please don't keep me from hearing the beautiful music. It soothe's my broken heart and fills my soul with love."
I think those words ring so true to those who are grieving. I've been told so many times that what they miss most is hearing their loved ones name.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ghandi Sympathy Quote Windchime

Sympathy Quotes can be so encouraging during times of loss. We designed this beautiful new Ghandi Sympathy Verse Windchime as a unique way to combine the power of words with the beautiful echos of remembrance.
The lovely sympathy quote by Ghandi is laser engraved on each windchime paddle:
"There are no good-byes for us...Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart"
This hand-tuned chime retails for $59.95.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Interview with Pat Klassen of ScrapBooking-Plus-Stories

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to be interviewed by Pat Klassen. You can read the interview here.

Pat offers a lovely service which creates one-of-a-kind memorial books. Information can be found here. Each book is a loving legacy which is completely customized for a loved one. These memorial books truly make a lasting give of remembrance.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

2009 Holiday Ornament now Available!

We received our shipment of this years ornament today and I am so excited! The piece is simple and lovely. The verse, "Those we have held in our arms for a little while, we hold in our hearts forever" is surrounded by hearts.

Our 2009 Remembrance ornament if on sale now and ready for immediate shipment!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Recognition for moms in business

As a mom with four kids, it's sometimes a challenge to run a business as well as raise a family. I am honored to have been nominated for the Leading Moms in Business contest. For those of you who know me and have been customers for the past 6 years, I'd love your support. Please visit this link to see my nomination:

Thanks for trusting me with your special gift needs. As always, warmest regards, Renee