Finding the perfect gift for a grieving loved one can be challenging on so many levels. Today I’m sharing a Heartfelt Christmas Gift for Grieving loved ones. This post is sponsored by James Avery. All sentimental opinions are my own.
When You Can’t Find the Words | A Christmas Gift for Grieving Loved Ones with James Avery
It’s been 3 years, but feels like it was just yesterday. There are days when I can still smell her perfume. There are days when I would eat a childhood food that would remind me of her. There are days when I would laugh at an old saying she used all of the time. “If only she were here…”
I miss my Obachan so much. She was the rock of our family. She was blunt, stubborn, hilarious and such a giver, especially when it came to feeding others. Originally from Japan, this amazing woman had the work ethic of a 30-year old – never slowing down for a minute between tailoring her clients’ clothing, hand rolling her latest batch of sushi, and taking care of her grand kids.
But 3 years ago she passed away, and just before Christmas. Christmas of 2014 was a fog for me – trapped in my grief. But as much as I knew that I was grieving, I knew that my mom was suffering even more. I didn’t have the words to comfort her. Christmas gifts seemed so trivial in the light of such a loss. And each Christmas that would pass, I knew that my mom would be missing hers. That grief never goes away. So what do you give to the person you love so much, when you still don’t have the words to comfort, even now?
But then I heard of James Avery artisan jewelry. What I love about this company is their desire to tell our family’s stories through their unique jewelry line. Every family story is different and so James Avery provides jewelry that’s as unique as you. And just in time for Christmas, they have a beautiful Christmas charms collection to represent those Christmas memories that are near and dear to you.
This beautiful, delicate and simple Angel of Peace charm is the symbol of love that I want to give my mom this Christmas. A reminder for our loved ones now in heaven, for the comfort we need on earth, for the memories we cling to – that our loved ones are never truly gone, for the hope for tomorrow, for the love I have for my mom but can never 100% express the way I want to, this sterling silver charm is so much more than just a gift – it’s a part of Obachan’s story, her legacy.
While the holidays are full of joy and beautiful memories, there are some who are grieving at this time of year too. And while I may not always have the words to say how much I love my mom during this difficult time of year, I do have a gift. Finding a gift for loved one who are grieving can be so challenging – on so many emotional levels. But giving our loved ones a symbol of love, hope and comfort can say exactly what you want to say, when you don’t have the words. Find your heartfelt Christmas gift for those you love at www.jamesavery.com.
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