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About ComfortingKeepsakes1

Sales 2,309
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We are committed to spreading comfort to all, then in turn providing comfort to families of mourning first responders and military.

My husband was an Illinois State Trooper Motorcycle Officer who was struck by a tractor trailer during a traffic stop. He was only 32 and our children were 4 years old and 10 months. I am no stranger to learning to survive after loss.

So many people came to me after losing my husband to ask what they could do to help. I didn’t know what to tell them, because I did not know myself. The traditional gifts of flowers and cards were very kind gestures, but they slowly faded as the weeks turned to months, then years.

It is the gift I received from my older brother Keith that has given me the encouragement and drive to recreate what I have come to call Comforting Keepsakes. Even though he was always near, my brother Keith is quiet and hadn’t said much after I lost Kyle. After a while, Keith presented a wooden box to me. He made the box from wood that he harvested from his yard, stained, and had burned my husband’s badge number on to the top of the box. Keith said to me, “I didn’t know what to do to make you feel better, but I thought you might like this box that I made for you. I thought it would be a nice place to store a few of Kyle’s personal things.” Almost 5 years after my loss, I still turn to this box for comfort.

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    Thank you for trusting me to provide comfort and quality gifts on your behalf. Being widowed at the age of 31 has given me a unique perspective. Our products are made by myself, my Chapter 2-AJ, and our 3 children.

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The items we sell are tied with a ribbon. Upgraded gift wrapping is available.

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