I know if other funeral homes decide to offer these handprints for grieving families, they’ll see how meaningful they are. The emotional impact they have is huge! When you watch a parent or sibling trace the imprint of their loved one’s fingers and palm, you can see the comfort they bring. I lost my own father two years ago and, if I had his handprint to hold on to now, it would mean everything in the world to me.
Funeral Care Professional
CaringWisdom’s ClayLinks prints are a fresh idea in funeral service. The process of helping a family create an impression of a loved one’s hand is a healing experience, resulting in a one of a kind, lasting and meaningful memento to be kept forever. In this era of increasingly private funeral ceremonies, or even non-existent ceremonies, a family’s participation in the creation of this memento is especially heartfelt and important. And, as an added plus, our companioning a family and assisting in this hands-on process has also been very fulfilling to our staff.
As a funeral director, I want to do all I can to create a moment of peace and comfort in the midst of a family’s grief. Offering families a ClayLinks handprint creates that moment. Making a ClayLinks handprint literally gives families a hand to hold on to while they move through the process of saying good-bye.
Sometimes, I make a print and give it to a family. Other times, families gather together to make a print themselves. Either way, the immediate comfort they receive as they, once again, touch their loved one’s hand is a healing experience that can’t be matched.