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August 30, 2013

Teddy bears help with grief process

Janea Davers has a passion; to help others keep the memory of their loved ones alive. Davers creates teddy bears from clothing items of loved ones. “This gives the family member something to remember that person with. It’s no longer just a shirt or other piece of clothing tucked away in the attic or in a closet,” Davers said.

Davers’ grandmother started making the bears about six years ago and has crafted well over 100 bears since then. “She made 30 or so bears from shirts of my great grandpa,” she said. “And then other people started asking her to make them for them as well.”

“I started making the bears about three months ago and since then I’ve made over 50. I’m currently working on some now for a family,” Davers added. “People just enjoy them. It means something now. It’s not just so and so’s shirt anymore.”

The original pattern for the bears came in the form of a decal for a circus bear. Davers’ grandmother then had the pattern reduced down to make the memory bears. While shirts are the most common item used to create the cuddly creations, she said any article of clothing can be used as well as baby blankets and other cloth items.

The bears don’t just have to be to remember someone who is no longer with us. “They can be made for a child out a favorite blanket that is worn out or maybe a favorite piece of clothing that’s been outgrown. The possibilities are endless,” said Davers. “They are great cuddle buddies and are also great for kids who have family that live out of state. Even though they don’t get to see that person on a regular basis, they have something they can hold when they miss them or are thinking about them.”

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