Posts in Grief
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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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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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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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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