When you make a ClayLinks print for a family, you capture the love they shared with their loved one and transform it into something permanent and tangible. You give them something they can hold on to forever. This is an act of service, worthy of your time and the use of quality materials.
ClayLinks Clay is an archival-quality material you can be sure is up to the task of making durable hand and footprints of any size. Once baked, a ClayLinks print is a permanent keepsake. Comparatively, most air-dry clays will eventually break down, curl, crack, or completely disintegrate. Plaster can be difficult to work with and is often very fragile afterward, with no easy way to make repairs if broken.
Your families deserve the best quality.
When you use genuine ClayLinks Clay to make molds for families in their time of loss, you give them the gift of connecting with their loved one again. They will be comforted by holding the mold, seeing and feeling the fine details and knowing that a piece of their loved one will be with them forever.
You will create the trust you want from your families when you recognize their need for a high-quality, personal keepsake of their loved one. Rather than associating you or your hospital solely with the pain of losing their family member, your families will also remember your kindness and compassion. This will help instill their trust in your team and make your ongoing relationship with them more positive.
Creating ClayLinks prints for, or even with, families can actually be a cathartic experience for you and your team, as well as those grieving a loss. Making a ClayLinks print is a process that is simple but takes just the right amount of time to honor the loss without being tedious or frustrating. The process is simple and gives you something to do when there is nothing to say. Consider allowing family members, even children, to knead the clay, help shape it, and even take the impression of their loved one. If time allows, many have found it especially healing to allow the families to join in the process of decorating the print before baking. Whether or not a member of your team stays with the family while they decorate can be decided on a case-by-case basis.
Chief Growth Officer
World by the Tail, Inc.