Sympathy Cards Story: Cards 14, 15, 16, 17
It was not in the plan to create sympathy cards, however, as poet John O’Donohue once said, “When death visits, everything changes.” My mother-in-law’s passing gifted me with a new sensitivity to life and death.
Two stories are associated with our sympathy cards:
During one of Millie’s last days, when I didn’t know what else to say, I told her that when she passed into the next life, there would be a party celebrating her life. Her husband and others would be there to welcome her, and she’d have a vibrant new body. I don’t know if she heard me, but the thought of her new life gave me hope. When I saw this painting by Sergey Nivens, I could envision Millie’s assent into heaven.
On the day of her passing, my husband Ross experienced a ray of hope. So we’ve placed that story on the back of card #15:
Mark: 5:34—Millie’s Story
Because the end was near, we spent Millie’s last day in her room at the dementia care facility. About 1pm, her son Ross went out to get lunch for us. While stopped at a traffic light, the license plate on the car in front of him caught his attention: Mark 534. At first he thought, Mark was born in May of 1934, but no—it was a Bible verse. He knew it was a message from God, or as he called it, a “God Wink” of assurance. In sharing this story, we pray that you are filled with hope and comfort as well.
Two cards were created using Sergey Nivens’ art—one for those who would be comforted by the bible verse, and the other without it.
In order to offer cards for those who have lost men in their lives, we feature the amazing art of Boyan Dimitrov—with two different boats and meaningful lyrics.