Monday, December 2, 2013

Grief Project: How to Make A Remembrance Wish Ball Ornament

This holiday season I wanted to do something special for my little girl.  I wanted to remember her in a unique way.  I have done many things, including dedicating a little tree just to her, hanging her stocking up next to Nick, George, and mine, along with my newest way, creating wish ball ornaments.


I read the idea of making an ornament like this in Techniques of Grief Therapy, by Robert A. Neimeyer.  Then I decided I wanted to make my own so I Googled it and couldn't find exactly what I was looking for.  I did however, find a wonderful example of a wish ball Christmas ornament so I decided to make my own based off of a Christmas wedding party idea I found.

Each year I have decided to make one of these wish balls for my wishes I hold for Nora (I included Nick's wishes in the ball too).  I wrote not only wishes but messages I want to share with her but can't as she is no longer with us.  Message that include:

"I want you to know I love you forever and always will."  and  "Daddy wishes he could hold you."  Things like that and then I create this cool wish ball pictured above.

If you would like to know how to make one then just follow this 5 step tutorial.  Let me know what you think and if you make your own send me a picture of it on Instagram, just tag me @Stillbreathinglindsey

Okay here is the directions.  Enjoy!











Things to note.  I used card stock to print out my wishes and messages to Nora on.  I also included other sayings like her name and the current year.  Oh, and it works best to get larger bulbs along with using a screw driver or pencil to help push the wishes into place once you get them into the ball.  Finally, you could use colored paper along with adding tinsel, glitter, or other fun stuff, to the wish ball, but I like the clean look above.  Your choice.

Good luck and may your wishes for your child too soon be captured in this memory wish ball each year.  


7 comments:

  1. This is a great idea. Something we did to remember our Thomas this christmas was to donate a toy in his name to the salvation army, for a child who would be his age.

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    1. That's a wonderful idea too. Actually, Nick and I plan on doing that for her birthday, December 30th.

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  2. Lindsey, this is a great idea! I will search for clear ornaments. this is a lovely project to make with our sons for luna on christmas. thank you. thank you.

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  3. This is such a beautiful and touching way to remember our lost babies. Your article on "Still Standing Magazine" is well written and absolutely true for me. Thank you for sharing your article and ornament idea.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback Jill. I hope you find the ornament idea helpful.

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  4. This is perfect. I already bought the clear ornaments but couldn't think of a way to use them to honor our angel. His older brother and sisters wanted to make something for him. You blog is so helpful thank you.

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  5. We are very grateful to you for this idea, Lindsey. My partner and I made an ornament, following your instructions, on our son's first birthday, and filled it with our wishes for him. He died on 21 December 2012. Thank you for all that you share here. Remembering Nora with you.

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