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Bereavement Gifts - A Beautiful Way to Remember Those Who Have Passed
Bereavement Gifts comfort those mourning
For those of you who have followed by ramblings here on Squidoo, you know that my darling Mom, Gertie, died February 15, 2012. She went quite peacefully, surrounded by those who loved her. We walked her all the way to Heaven's door as we watched her take her last breath and finally rest in peace.
I was astonished at the outpouring of emotion and praise from my friends, both near and far. One of my closest friends sent me a beautiful Tiffany style bereavement lamp. The very interesting thing is that the package came wrapped in butterflies - one of my Mom's favorite things ever. In fact, every day, for the last 10 years, she's worn a butterfly clip in her hair that I bought on a whim while walking through a local mall.
The bereavement lamp that my dear friends Marianne and Steve sent me was not of butterflies, but, instead, it is a stained glass lamp shade of irises - Mom's favorite flower. How amazing is that? So, now, when I look at my darling little lamp, I think of butterflies and irises and my Mom. What a gorgeous gift I've received.
Bereavement Lamps on Amazon
Amazon has some very pretty little lamps to send as a bereavement gift. Try to select one that matches a personality quality of the departed loved one. I love any Tiffany style lamp but my little iris lamp is my favorite!
Light is always a beautiful gift to those mourning
For some reason, there's serenity in the burning of a candle. I lit candles for a long time after Mom died as we both loved them so.
I clipped my Mom's butterfly hair clip to the top of the lamp where it is safe until I wear it next time.
Grief can appear in many forms
Grief, like death, is a very personal experience. Try to take into account your grieving friend's needs when selecting a bereavement gift. Perhaps a gift certificate for a nice massage is all they need to finally relax and focus on themselves. A dinner out is also a very nice bereavement gift - take them to a very special restaurant and, if they're up to it, surround them with additional friends for support.
Don't expect those grieving to necessarily call on you. You need to make the effort to call them. Since I've been home, my closest friends have called me on a daily basis just to check in. These calls are very sweet and are confirmation that I'm surrounded by tons of love. I know that these calls will fall off after awhile and that's fine - that's how grief works too. Each day becomes just a bit easier. Each night brings a sounder sleep. And, life goes on.
I will have no problem remembering my Mom forever
I love this little silver pendant engraved with "Remember me forever." I think it's especially appropriate for a younger woman who has lost a loved one.
Cremation jewelry (who knew?!)
Being Jewish, we don't cremate and I find these jewelry gifts a bit "oogey" (technical term) but I can understand others wanting to keep those close to them, well, close to them. These little necklaces are a way to carry a bit of your loved one with you forever. Just strange to me...but, you might like them.
Angel Wing Heart Sterling Silver Cremation Jewelry
Wing of an Angel Sterling Silver Cremation Jewelry
Renaissance Heart Sterling Silver Cremation Jewelry
Eternity Heart Sterling Silver Cremation Jewelry
Wrapped in Love Sterling Silver Cremation Jewelry
Eternity Circle Sterling Silver Cremation Jewelry
I used to love to read all of the comments on my writings to Mom but, now, I'll just read them to the 6 dogs and 1 cat who surround me. Love comes in many forms, doesn't it?
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