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Hana in Italy

My name is Hana Bushara, and I am a rising sophomore at St. Lawrence University, located in Canton New York. I am originally from Warwick, Bermuda, though I completed my junior and senior years of high school at the United World College of the Adriatic in Duino,...

What are the chances?

You're studying abroad and decide to go sightseeing in Luxembourg and out of nowhere come your classmates from your university back home in the States. Really, what are the odds? Occasionally we will be giving memorial/tribute gifts to those who have lost a loved one....

Before I was an artist…

I’ve worked as a gas station attendant. I once worked at Subway for 4 hours. I’ve collected payments from customers for a sports cards trading company. I’ve been a sales representative at a mall. I’ve taught kindergarten at a daycare. I worked as an eCommerce...

Leslé Honoré Poetry

Dear Body, Yesterday Sandria Washington posted a video about a woman coming to terms with feeling too tall most of her life. I reflected on feeling too tall, not wanting to wear heels, feeling like I just took up too much space. I realized that for probably more than...

Forty-Six

In 1975, Saturday Night Live premiered. And I was born. On March 24, at around 3am, my first season began. And somehow, I’ve managed to get picked up for 45 more. I’ve been thinking a lot about age lately. It’s really quite subjective, isn’t it? I think 46 is old...

This little guy, this beautiful baby, is Gabriel B. Taye when he when he was a toddler. He was born in 2008 and died in 2017. He was a victim of bullying and took his own life. We honored Gabe, with his mom's permission, with a tribute gift given to her as part of our...

Do Me A “Favorite”

Do Me A “Favorite” A Tribute to my Daughter, Tiffany Mary Turner Do me a favorite, Mommy. Don’t tie my shoes… I can do it myself – I know what to do Do me a favorite when we go home Let me play on my xylophone Let’s face it, Mom – be frank and be fair You know you...

Time Hasn’t Healed the Wound

The saying “time heals all wounds” is deceptive. Today marks 29 years since my big brother transitioned. The pain is still heavy for me. I’m still angry and I still miss him so much. Every time I hear the stories of young black males being killed by gun violence my...

I Still See You…

A Loving Tribute to Kevin Eugene O'Neil by Robin Lynn O'Neil My life changed at your conception; and you became my whole being. Before you had a name, or opened up your eyes; your destiny was determined by God. From the beginning, eight weeks early, with no...

Demetrius, My Heart…

It has been 27 years, 9 months, 28 days and 3 hours since I lost the most important person in my life, my son, Demetrius Cortez Broussard. Dee was a really funny person. He loved playing any part and whenever he saw an opening, he would jump in. My son once asked if...

The majority of my career has been spent in the financial field. In my spare time, I dabbled in creative pursuits. I used to give memorial frames to people who have lost loved ones. I owned a small business at one time making laser-engraved picture frames, memorial frames were a large part of what I created. Remembering the heartfelt gratitude from people that I gifted frames to always led me to believe that I was working in my truth. I re-entered the workforce in accounting, but I never stopped thinking about my frames and how they touched people’s lives. It took some time, but now I have found a way to continue gifting and selling memorial items in my spare time.

Ms.  Foster, 
 
Words can’t express how much this means to me. This is such a BEAUTIFUL tribute gift. On Feb 21st Gabriel will be 13. This couldn’t have come at a better time.   When I travel, I take a picture of Gabe and sit it on my night stand. This will follow me wherever I go. This has made my day and I am  so thankful you reached out to me. God bless you and the amazing work you’re doing to keep a smile on faces who have lost a loved one. If there is anything I can do to help please let me know. I will be honored to assist. 🧡🧡🧡

Let me begin by saying my sister, Claudia, was one of the most important people in my life. One of my first role models and trusted advisor and confidante over the course of my life. Losing her to cancer was a crushing blow from which I thought I might never recover. I’ve dedicated myself to doing things to honor and pay tribute to her, from participating in Relay for Life and poems written during her illness and since her death. One of the greatest tributes and uplift to my spirits came in the form of the lighted crystal cube memorial with 3-D image of her encased I recently received. Seeing that image, taken from one of my favorite photos of her, brought tears of joy and rivaled any of the efforts I had previously made. Hours spent observing this memorial reflected through the various lighting effects has served to alleviate a great deal of the painfulness still felt after all these years. I know I’ll never be able to bring get back, but the feeling of having her here, provided by this memorial, to me is certainly the next best thing.