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The life of a prayer shawl
Created By: Gayle Wasmundt

I made my first prayer shawl about four years ago and gave it to the mother of some friends of mine. She appreciated it very much and would wear it around the house all the time, whether she was in bed or sitting up in a chair reading the paper. She said it was a comfort to her. Michelina became very ill and eventually passed away. One of my friends thought I would like to know that her mother wore the shawl while in the hospital and at the nursing home just about all the time.



After the funeral my friends brought the shawl over to their father, who was in a nursing home, so he could also wear it. He was always cold and they thought it would comfort him knowing it was something his wife had worn.



A few months after Michelina passed away, her husband Russell also passed away. My friends had made a decision and asked if I would mind if they buried the shawl with their father. They wanted to do this because both of their parents had worn the shawl and this would be something they would have together. I was so touched by that and both Michelina and Russell had meant a lot to me, so I told them yes that would be okay. Then they asked me if I would put the shawl on their father before the casket was closed. This was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, but I'm glad I did it. Now when I think of Russell and Michelina, I picture the two little old Italians sitting next to each other with the shawl wrapped around them watching over their family and friends.


 
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