By: Janet Blankenship, Resource Coordinator
First, I met Jean Scott, from Tontogany (Wood County) Ohio. Jean's business, MEMORYBEARS4U, assembles teddy bears made from your loved one's clothing. By using the fabric from the clothing which was frequently worn by your loved one, she can create a customized teddy bear that comforts those left behind. It is best to use a variety of clothing to make these 17" tall bears; 8 to 13 articles would be ideal for up to three bears. Shirts, pajamas, khakis and denim all work well. Adding elements such as designer labels, buttons, pockets and distinct prints make all the difference. For instance, the "flip-flops" (pictured on the middle bear) were on the front of a favorite white t-shirt and perfectly captured that person's joy of life. As a final touch, you may want to spray a bit of perfume or cologne on the finished bear. Patterns also available. Information or questions email@example.com or 419-823-3360.
Another exhibitor, used by many of you, but always worth a reminder is Abbey Press/One Caring Place, the publisher of CareNotes. Titles include: Helping a Child Who Is Grieving at Christmas, Losing a Loved One Near the Holidays, What Everyone Should Know About the First Year of Grief, On the First Anniversary of Your Loss, plus many others. www.carenotes.com
Lastly, Thomas Lynch was the keynote speaker on Friday presenting The Good Death, Good Grief and Good Funerals. If you are not aware, Thomas Lynch published another book in 2005, Booking Passage We Irish & Americans. Check this out at your local bookstore or library.