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Bear recipient Bobbie Duranczyk cuts fabric for her Memory Bear. | Phoprovided

Bear recipient Bobbie Duranczyk cuts fabric for her Memory Bear. | Photo provided

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Updated: May 7, 2013 1:29PM



CROWN POINT — For some who lose a loved one, a difficult part of the grief journey is letting go of that loved one’s clothing. The Geisen Memory Bear Workshop was created to help ease this burden a bit, as family members can create keepsake bears made from their loved one’s clothing.

Several volunteers recently worked with family members individually to create their Memory Bears in about three hours.

Geisen Funeral Home Preplanning Advisor Beverly Huber has been coordinating Memory Bear Workshops twice a year for four years.

One family member recently lost her husband.

“This was a wonderful opportunity to have a bear made out of his flannel shirts that he always wore. It’s such a nice keepsake,” LaVerne Bormann said.

Experienced sewer Jean Coleman has volunteered for the program several times now.

“I love helping out with Memory Bear. It’s always a heartwarming day,” she said.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to help with the event, or anyone who has lost a loved one and would like to make a bear, should call Huber at 663-2500. There is no fee to make a Memory Bear.



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