"A MOURNING MOMENT" by bob willis
Finding memories in your loved one's belongings
In the mid-90's, as I just began my work in the area of grief, I heard the story of a man in California whose wife died. A couple weeks after the funeral he allowed some ladies from their church to help clean the house and go through her belongings.
They carried several bags of her clothes to the Salvation Army Thrift Store, donating them to needy families. Do you know where the husband was early the next morning? He was at the Salvation Army Thrift Store......looking for memories of his wife!
Clothing that belonged to someone who died is very special. The fragrance, the feel, and the memories of them wearing the clothing are very real. Some items are easier to discard than others. But there will always be some clothing, or other possessions, that are special to the heart.
Often people use clothing to make pillows, blankets, or teddy bears. These are very practical and meaningful ways to make use of clothing. It is even an option to place all clothing and possessions into boxes to be stored and sorted at a later date. If at all possible, it is best to make these decisions slowly instead of quickly discarding of items.
In the post tomorrow I will share a proven and effective method some have used to discard clothing and possessions after death.
Bob Willis, author
"A Guide for Grievers"
"JESUS: The CRUCIFIED CAREGIVER"
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