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Caring and Sharing

While so many of us love making things for ourselves and our families, many in the Lion community go further, creating for those in need. Join us in this section and be touched by these true stories of caring and sharing submitted by Lion Brand readers.

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Prayer Shawl

My cousin Ern is married to Kelly. They are stationed in Hawaii right now. Kelly's half-brother Eric was in a tragic car accident in PA. He was hospitalized for about a week before he died. I wanted to do something for Kelly, knowing that she was so far away from everyone else. So, a night of crocheting and UPS (Got to love Brown) I sent one. In return, later, she sent this letter:

Hi Sweetie - know you talked to Ern last night. Sorry, but I'm not really up to talking to folks yet. Wanted to tell you about this really cool thing.

As you know, after I received your beautiful shawl and cuddled in it I sent it to Gail (Eric's mom) at the hospital. She loved it and received lots of good feelings from wrapping up in it. When Eric died, she asked his Dad
(Lee) to take it back to Stephanie (wife), which he did.
When Ern and I were visiting there the night before the funeral, Lee told me he wanted to wrap Eric's urn in the shawl and did I think that would be OK. I told him
that anything they wanted to do with it would be OK and that Kunni would be happy her labor of love had a role to play.

At the graveside service, the urn was sitting on your shawl and when it came time to bury it, Eric's mom, dad, sister and my dad all took a side of the shawl and lowered it into the ground. On one hand, I hated to see that beautiful thing go into the earth, but on the other, I love the thought of Eric being wrapped up in it.

Thank you so much for your kindness and love.


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