Helping Children to Cope With Loss
Memory Bear is a new initiative by Gary Staker Funeral Services to help children cope with the loss of a loved one.
The cuddly teddies have a zip-up compartment at the back where kids can store mementos and keepsakes relating to the family member or friend they've lost.
We strongly believe in offering an after care service to the families we look after.
For some years now we have sent families a small book, produced by the bereavement charity Cruise following the funeral to let them know they're not alone. We've now extended that support to younger members of the family and so far it's doing really well and we're receiving great feedback.
More Bears Please!
We have lots of examples where the bears have brought comfort to children struggling to come to terms with a loss. On one occasion recently we had a lady come to see her Grandad in the chapel who mentioned that her little boy was very upset at losing his great Grandad. We offered one of the bears as a gift from us, the lady was delighted that we cared so much. So much so that when she went home and told the rest of the family it was decided that all of the great grandchildren should have one. Just a few hours later she was back asking for four more bears.
The bears can't be given away in all cases due to costs but they are available to buy, please get in touch to find out more.