Creating Out Of Ashes
My name is Kalina and I am the creator/founder of Liel. When I was in my last semester of seminary, my mom suddenly died. She was my best friend, and I was and still am devastated. She passed four days after Christmas, and since her passing, the Christmas season has always been really difficult for me. So, I created what I wish I had. The inspiration for these grief boxes came from me feeling like people really did not know what to do with me after my mom died. A lot of well-meaning people gave me gifts and said things that to me, tried to explain away my grief. But, really what I needed was space to grieve and to feel like God cared about me and loved me, even though I was grieving. These boxes do just that. They are the gift of "Space" to anyone who is grieving a loss, and the best part is, that they also bring God to the center of grief and suffering. Not in a way that explains away grief, but in a way that acknowledges grief. I hope that these boxes bring comfort to those that need them, and I hope that they no longer feel alone within their grief. So, if you stumble upon these boxes, know that you are not alone in your pain, that God sees you and loves you, and you will survive this.
Kalina is a graduate from Princeton Theological Seminary and currently works full time as a Pastor in Fort Wayne, IN. She loves her two dogs, the Chicago Cubs, and her husband Brad. She founded Liel after her mom suddenly passed away in 2018.
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If you would like to add a longer note to who is receiving a grief box, please send me a message and I will be sure to include it! Gift tags, are only big enough for names and small messages, but larger messages will be included on a nicer piece of stationary.
Why This Grief Box?
When I lost my mom, I mostly received gifts that were "self care". These were great, but these boxes are less "self care" and more "soul care". They attempt to help someone walk through their grief and not feel alone in their suffering. They create space for someone to acknowledge their grief, what they've lost, and find comfort in the midst of all of it.
Nothing in these boxes are perishable, so they are perfect for churches, and other organizations to have on hand.
Each box comes in a 12inx12inx6in rigid cardboard box marked with Liel packaging tape. However, nothing on the box implies it is for grief specifically.
If you would like to order more than 10 boxes at a time, please reach out to me via messaging.
What is Advent?
Advent is a season that encompasses the four weeks leading up to Christmas. Therefore, the Advent Grief Box is not just for Christmas Day, instead it is designed to help someone who is grieving throughout the entire Christmas season.