By Michelle Grim
The passing of a loved one, whether expected or not, alters our path for the days directly afterwards and for many years that follow. In 2015, our family experienced the loss of my aunt at the age of 67. Our children ranged from the ages of 3 - 13 years old. Each child experienced the loss differently. Some expressed their sadness through tears, others through art, and others through writing. A few days following the service for my Aunt, a person from our church blessed our family with a Lisa's Legacy bag.
Our children were touched that someone thought of them. As they explored what was in the bag, each one found an item or activity that they gravitated toward. One loved the butterfly touchstones. One used the paper and colored pencils to draw and write memories of our loved one. One made the hot chocolate for herself and her siblings and then they sat at the table and reminisced.
The Lisa's Legacy bag was filled with items that gathered our children together with comforting items and allowed them to grieve together in love.