(PRWEB) March 11, 2003
Perhaps there is no more difficult task than to purchase a gift for someone who has experienced the death of a loved one. Those who are grieving agree the most touching gifts are ones that speak directly to their loss rather than minimizing it. With this in mind, Renee Wood of Geneva, Illinois has recently launched http://www.thecomfortcompany.net; a website dedicated to offering touching gifts of remembrance as well as resources and suggestions relating to helping others cope with loss.
Wood got her start in the business of providing comforting gifts three years ago when she designed a silver teardrop shaped pendant for a sister-in-law who had lost her father unexpectedly. The process of creating this pendant was so heartwarming, Wood decided to go into the business of finding and offering unique sympathy and memorial gifts to those whose lives have been touched by the death of a loved one.
Formally a neonatal intensive care social worker, Wood understands the importance of encouraging individuals to grieve and to remember their loss. ÂThe very process of remembering can be healing,Â states Wood. ÂWhat the bereaved need most of all is for others to acknowledge that a loss has occurred and to respond to that loss with understanding, compassion and remembrance.Â
According to Bereavement Publishing, there are an estimated 30 million people in the United States today who are in some phase of the grieving process. The National Funeral Directors Association predicts more than 2.4 million deaths this year, and the death rate will climb steadily for the next 80 years. Wood hopes her gifts will bring hope and healing to this vast and growing population.
For more information on what to say, what to do or what to give to someone you know who is grieving, please visit: http://www.thecomfortcompany.net.