During October we try to encourage women to go get the "boobies" checked out. Early detection of breast cancer can and has been a life saver for many. This is one exam I don't miss. It is not as painful when you think of those who have lost their lives because they failed to have this exam.
We send out cards to those who are survivors encouraging them to keep the faith as well as to those who are experiencing chemo and radiation.
Do we ever send out a card to the family member who is left behind after the loss of a loved one due to cancer especially an anniversary year or month? Do you have a group exercise (family gathering) after a period of time to honor the one who died? Do you light a candle and invite a few moments of silence in respect for the person who died? Do you invite each person that has gather to offer their fondest remembrances of the person? Have you ever written a letter or in today's time, sent an e-mail with your remembrances for the remaining family member? These are just some things I thought about after reading a post on Facebook. The family member was reminiscing about the number of months/years in which a loved one had died from cancer and what she remembered as some of the things they did together. The post became longer and longer after other people began to tell of things they remembered about the deceased. Sometimes we don't want to go public but would love to send something private to an individual. In doing it this way, the individual will be able to read and keep the information for a longer period of time.
Three ways I thought of when someone would send a "Fondest Remembrances" card: The card I am presenting to you today can be used in (1) the "present" when someone is still alive and you tell them of a time or times when you remembered something they did. They will forever be grateful for this. (2)This card can also be sent to an individual who is alive but has experience the death of a loved one and you want to express a fond memory of a time the deceased and you had together. The recipient will be grateful to know you knew this person "up close an personal". And (3), approaching another holiday season, you may want the recipient to know the fondest remembrances of last season and how you will never forget the good times you shared together:
cardstock...white Spectrum Noir
pattern paper...Recollections Bright and Basic paper pad
die...Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations window & window box and Avery Elle dotted borders die
punches...Martha Stewart and EK
sentiment... K & Company
"Fondest Remembrances" doesn't always have to do with death and sympathy. What are your thoughts?
Sending you a hug and LOVE,