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On July 4, 2005 my son William, at the age of 27...
Created By: Judy Slarve

On July 4, 2005 my son William, at the age of 27 was killed in a car accident. Needless to say my whole world as I knew it changed. Prior to my son's death I had run across a Prayer shawl pattern on Lionbrand web page, printed it off, filed it and thought that some day I would possibly crochet shawls for friends and family for Christmas gifts. Little did I know! I was filled with so much pain, not knowing what to do and being almost non-functional, my neighbor Virginia encouraged me to pick up my crocheting. She had also lost a son 5 years prior and could relate to my mental statis. She knew that crocheting could help my consentration. I remembered the Prayer Shawl pattern. I decided to do a shawl for my mother who had also lost her grandson. As I crocheted I reflected on the relationship my son had with my mother. All the memories I had of the two together. This was a very painful process yet very much a healing one at the same time. Tears poured and the journey into healing had begun. I then did a shawl for my best friend. I reflected not only on the relationship she had with my son but also how she was there for me the night my son died, funeral plans, taking charge. On to making one for my two daughters who had lost their precious brother. Then for each of my six sisters, two brothers and their wives, more friends, more family members and so on. To date I have made about 40 shawls. All in memory of my son. I received so many blessings from each completed shawl. My family and friends were suffering from not only the loss of William, but also in watching me mourn. To receive a shawl from me helped them heal, knowing that I was going to make it. My advise to any one wanting to start their own ministry would be is to do it from the heart. Thank you for allowing me to share my story. With sincere respect. Judy Slarve

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