How to Keep Memories Alive Through Customized Sympathy Gifts

Losing a family member is one of, if not the most difficult thing we ever experience. The grief journey is different for everyone and there’s certainly no right way to grieve.

For those who find comfort in holding something that once belonged to the beloved departed, Kidderbug Kreations offers a wide variety of items handcrafted with love and prayers.

A teddy bear made from grandpa’s favorite shirt can provide a comforting hug for the little one who misses grandpa.

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How Do I Live My Life After Mom's Death?

I remember the day my mother died as if it were yesterday. She was on hospice and I was frantically packing and getting last minute details done because I knew I wouldn’t be home again before the funeral. My husband and daughter were home helping and as I was heading to the door, my hands full with the last load, my husband’s phone rang. Fear flooded over me.

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Find the Perfect Gift for Every Occasion

Life is full of opportunities to give gifts - baby showers, birthdays, Christmas, even funerals. Gifts show you took the time to care. To carefully pick out a gift that would have meaning and be a source of delight for the receiver.

If you’re struggling to come up with some unique gifts for events, look no further. Here’s a guide to get you started.

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Understanding the Love Language of Receiving Gifts

If the whole idea of receiving gifts as a love language makes your head spin and you’re wondering if they’re just being materialistic,

the answer is an emphatic No!!

To them, a perfect gift shows they are understood, cared for and prized above whatever was sacrificed to get the gift. They thrive on the love, thoughtfulness, and effort behind the gift. When they see what you lovingly picked out, they see the time you spent picking it out, the money that was earned to purchase it and the thoughtfulness you have wanting to see their reaction to that perfect gift. It’s a visible symbol of love.

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Traditions: Helping Families Connect

“We must cherish our yesterdays, but never carry them as a burden into the future. Each generation must take nourishment from the other and give knowledge to the one that comes after.”- Ardis Whitman

Tradition isn’t saying “don’t grow” or “don’t change” but rather “remember.”

Grow and change but remember.

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10 Ways to Help a Grieving Loved One

In just over three years, I lost four of my closest family members. I learned that one of the hardest things about losing someone is the hollow place they leave in our lives, our hearts, and our arms. Through the stress and strain of planning final arrangements and settling estates, I reached for something to hold onto - a comfort in my time of need. Using the sewing skills my grandmother taught me, I was able to turn my mother’s nursing cape into a memory bear and my grandfather’s shirt into a memory pillow. It didn’t bring them back, but it did bring me comfort.  Being able to hold something a loved one once wore helps keep their memory near. Today I am honored to be able to comfort other families though their time of grief with Kidderbug Kreations.

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Gift-able Hugs

I was reeling from the loss of not only my mother but also both of my grandparents. They were my mother’s parents and we were very close.  Although I thought I was prepared for their deaths, I had no idea how much it would shake me. All 3 of them had been on hospice. Although it was less than 2 weeks for my mom and grandfather, my grandmother was on hospice for 10 months. The grief was the same yet different for all 3.  

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Simple Moments Make Great Memories

Christmas is a time of great joy and a time of deep sadness. Balancing the two is the challenge.

I’m so blessed to have a wonderful family and that we were able to celebrate together again this year. Now that my girls are grown, I can no longer take for granted that we will be able to celebrate the holidays together and I cherish every moment we have with one another.

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It’s All About the Memories

Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. The twinkly lights, spending time with family, and Papa’s peanut butter fingers. What could be better?

I eagerly awaited the day after Thanksgiving so we could pull out the tree and take a trip down memory lane as I hung each ornament. After the lights went up, my favorite place to be was under the tree by the manger looking up at all the sparkly lights while Christmas music played in the background soothing my soul.

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My Happy Dance

At the end of a 12-hour day sitting at a craft show, my confidence was in tatters from someone saying something hurtful. My body was screaming from the 5 hours we spent the day before lifting heavy boxes and display set-ups to get our booth ready and knowing we would have at least another 2 hours to get everything taken down and loaded back into the car and then several hours driving back home.

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7 Reasons to Buy Handcrafted Gifts This Year

With fall comes cooler weather, pumpkin-spiced everything and craft fairs.  It also means it’s time to start thinking about Christmas gifts, especially if you like to plan ahead.  I have always been a planner. I start shopping for Christmas the day after Christmas. Sometimes I forget what I bought or forget where that “safe place” is that I put something, but for the most part it works for me. Usually I am done with my Christmas gift list by Halloween, as I have family with birthdays in early November and this way I can ship their birthday and Christmas presents together and save on shipping and time running to the post office.  It’s a win-win: not fighting the crowds shopping or in the post office AND I can relax and enjoy the holiday season, reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas rather than scrambling to get things bought, wrapped and mailed in time.

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I Have Learned That Grief Is Another Name For Love

When you lose your parents, you become an orphan.  When you lose your spouse, you become a widow or widower.  There is no name for losing a child. The grief is indescribable, yet it’s the circle of life for a child to bury a parent (although not when they are young).  It’s not “natural” for a parent to bury a child.

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Suicide Awareness

“Be aware, be kind. Losing someone to suicide is not a club you want to be in.”

A friend posted this shortly after Kate Spade took her own life. Unfortunately, there are too many of us in the club and the numbers keep growing.  According to a report from the CDC released June 2018, nearly 45,000 suicides occurred in the United States in 2016 — more than twice the number of homicides — making it the 10th-leading cause of death. Among people ages 15 to 34, suicide is the second-leading cause of death. In my state of ND, the rate of suicides between 1999-2016 jumped more than 57%.

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Top 5 Baby Shower Gifts

It’s so fun to go to baby showers.  The mom-to-be is eagerly awaiting the birth of her little bundle of joy, lots of women to chat with, yummy snacks and silly games are all wrapped up into one big celebration of life.  What could be more joyful than that?  Being able to take a gift that will bring joy to your heart and a huge smile to mom’s face would be icing on the cake.

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5 Sympathy Gift Suggestions for Someone That Has Lost a Loved One

Losing someone you love is never easy, and we all grieve in our own way and are comforted in our own ways as well.  When I lost 4 close family members in 4 years, my world was turned upside down.  I desperately wanted something to hold onto, something to hold and hug because I couldn’t hug them anymore.  I began creating items to help others through their grief.

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A Guide for Writing a Sympathy Note

Writing a condolence message must be one of the hardest things to write. The right words to express your sympathy are difficult to find.  Many put off writing anything because they don’t know how to express their feelings, yet a simple note can provide great comfort.  The only requirement for a sympathy note is that it is sincere. 

Here are a few suggestions to help you write a heartfelt note:

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