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Published on August 20th 2019
Feelie Hearts: A beautiful way to help grieving children

Feelie Hearts
Feelie Hearts: Pocket-sized comfort for times of grief
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Created by the Bridges Center for Grieving Children in Tacoma, Washington, a Feelie Heart is a small heart shaped piece of soft stuffed velvet.

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It is pocket size and can be held or rubbed against a cheek when a child is suffering from the loss or the serious illness of a loved one.

In her bestselling book, “My Grandfather’s Blessings,” (2001) UC San Francisco Medical School Professor Dr. Rachel Remen tells the story of 4-year-old Kimmie.

Her mother, Dr. Remen’s patient, died at age 37 of breast cancer.

Kimmie and her father were devastated but over time Kimmie was able to sleep thru the night and he returned to work.

During a follow- up session with Dr. Remen, Kimmie sat on Dr. Remen’s lap, and took her Feelie Heart from her little pocket and set it in Dr. Remen’s hand.

“She never goes anywhere without it,” Kimmie’s father said.

When Dr. Remen gave it back to Kimmie, she held it against her cheek, comforted by its touch.

These little velvet hearts, made by Bridges volunteers, comfort children when their sense of loss might overwhelm them, as the healing process begins.

Over the last 31-years, volunteers have lovingly handmade over 100,000 of them.

Stories abound about the sharing of Feelie Hearts including a little boy who gave his teacher his after her son died, and a little girl who gave her father hers when her parents divorced.

It is amazing how a tiny piece of velvet made with love can uplift so many hearts.

Editor's Note: To learn more, click here. At 81, Dr. Remen remains an active author and speaker. Please enjoy this 2014 YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77tM-gEzA14 Thank you to Amy VanZandt of Bridges for helping us tell this story.

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