Memory Bear volunteers make home-sewn bears with compassion and love, to ease a hurting heart after the death of a VITAS patient. The bears are sewn from the patient's clothing: a favorite pair of jeans, a pullover top, dress, bathrobe, nightgown, etc. A Memory Bear may recall the closeness of a loved one, bring a smile to someone in distress or offer a sense of security to a child who feels alone after the loss of a grandparent, parent or sibling.
The fabric is provided by the family; the pattern, support and stuffing is provided by VITAS and the creativity is provided by the volunteer. Bears can be made in the volunteer's home or at the VITAS office.
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