A Baby Lamb – Condolence Gift Idea

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My son’s childhood friend passed away just before Thanksgiving. Travis was only 33 years old. The boys were best friends in elementary school when we lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They spent a lot of time together at each other’s homes until we moved to Oklahoma when the boys were eight years old.

Travis’s grandmother, Helen, and I kept in touch these past 25 years. When she called with the news that Travis had passed away, my heart broke. We spoke for a few minutes and hung up. It can be difficult to find just the right words to say when wanting to express your heartfelt sympathy and to give comfort to someone who has experienced death in their family.Baby Lamb Gift Idea

Even standing in front of the sympathy cards section, reading and trying to find the right healing words is not always easy. It just so happened I was in a gift shop and I saw a baby lamb stuffed animal with a cross on its hoof. I immediately knew I had to send it to Travis’s grandmother. In the sympathy card, I explained when she felt the need to hug Travis to hug the baby lamb for comfort.

I received an appreciation card from Helen saying she loved the precious lamb. She also said that Travis was buried as an honorary Marine. He was in the Army but assigned to a Marine unit. She also enclosed a copy of an email sent to her about Travis that I would like to share.

“We were DEEPLY moved as we heard, from his brothers-in-arms, how they were lifted by Travis’s calm willingness, under fire, to give his life for them. One brother after another testified to Travis’ highly esteemed character and their love and respect for their friend. We thought of the scripture, “No greater love…than to lay down one’s life…”.

To some it may seem strange to send a “gift” when someone dies. I don’t think so. When you send a condolence gift, you are sending comfort to help someone’s heart heal. May God bless Travis, his loving family, friends and brothers-in-arms.

A human life is a story told by God – Hans Christian Andersen

 

There Are 4 Comments On This Article.

  1. Thank you for the wonderful gift idea for the stiffed lambs. Some dear friends lost their daughter suddenly who left behind 2 children a 5th and 4th grader; we gave the lambs to each with a card that read your Mom can’t be replaced but when you feel like you need to hug her hug your lamb. They each carried their lambs to the funeral and held onto them and I know the Lamb gave them some somfort. Thank you, for this and all of your other suggestions. You are the Queen!

  2. 23/10/2012Bien moi je te suis nicolasun grand merci a citroên pour se confort d’on aucune voiture font mieux ou peut-être la classe S ou quelque jaguars si on a moyens de débourser plus de 100 000€ ou 200 000€donc merci a citroên, merci au con qui la critique sa fait baisse son prix, et citroên na pas a s’éscuser de la connerie des autres

  3. What I was expecting was him to save Cindy from the car, then, after taking her in, finding out she was Sam and Martha’s daughter, and she was such a horrid creature, she made those two stop eating, sleeping, and made them look so ghoulish. And he was trapped with her. Comment by Mentlegen on October 25, 2011 at 3:21 am

  4. Rick – comment no 10. I fear the same as you do about our country. Bush is a prostitute and the body that he is selling is our country.I’m listening to him “read” still on C-SPAN about his trip next week. Most of the words he uses are fairly simple. His speech writers should remember to not use “feel free” next to each other in a sentence. He got a little tongue-tied on that one.I don’t think that he will be eating any beef in India as he does in TX.

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