“We have been using ClayLinks® Kits in our bereavement memory-making tool kits. It has truly been meaningful to families. The stamps as well as birthstones have added a new level to what we can offer. Our prints have made many family members smile in hard times. ClayLinks® prints are also simple enough that when the Child Life staff (who usually do memory making with families) are not around, our other staff members are able to offer these opportunities to families. ClayLinks® Kits are quickly turning into one of our favorites.”
--Holly Legere, MS, CCLS, Children’s Hospital at Providence, Anchorage, Alaska
“Thank you so much for the wonderful work you do providing for families experiencing loss or separation. I so appreciate your sample of ClayLinks® Kits for my training. We would love to have you partner with us to present your amazing and caring products for families [to our healthcare staff].”
-Jennifer Kendrick RN BSN CCCE CLE, Perinatal Outreach Coordinator,
Vidant Health, North Carolina
"I LOVED your booth at the AWHONN Convention. I was so inspired by your product!"
-Sara Mosher, MHA, BSN,RN, President, Patient + Family Care, Bend, Oregon
"Our NICU Staff is so grateful for your ClayLinks® Kits. The tiny foot and hand prints we make for families who lose a precious child offer more comfort than you can imagine. And making these keepsakes takes very little of our time. Thank you for letting us know about your clay and all your heartfelt decorations!"
--Kelly Housel-Bernatow, BSN, RNC-MNN, CLC, Nurse Navigator, Women & Family Department, Poudre Valley Hospital: University of Colorado North in Fort Collins, CO Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence
"ClayLinks® Kits are receiving HIGH praise from staff and families. We have had nothing but positive responses. The staff have been very proud of their finished products and proud to present them to families they have grown so close to. This has NOT always been the case with other products we've used. Thank you!"
--Pam Muncaster-Ney, RNC, BA, BSN, Staff Nurse II, Perinatal-Child Loss Bereavement Support Team Coord. & Committee Chair, Poudre Valley Hospital, University of Colorado North, Fort Collins, CO - Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence.
"When I told the mother of a young man who died suddenly that the funeral home could make a clay impression of her son’s hand, her face brightened for the first time during our conversation. ‘Oh, let me tell you the story his hand will tell,’ she smiled. ‘Some callouses and maybe even some dirt from the work he did will show up in the clay. And all of that will be okay because it’s who he was and I want to remember that forever.’
Just the prospect of having this personalized memento of her son took this mother out of her intense pain for a moment and brought her comfort. I can’t say enough about their power to heal.'
And, every time I use your clay to make a handprint, I’m reminded of how superior it is to other clays I’ve used. And, I’ve tried a lot of clays! Your entire print-making system is quick and easy to use and the prints truly do last forever. It’s also easy to teach others. In fact, most staff members at the hospitals and funeral homes I work with feel comfortable making prints themselves after only one demonstration.”
--Kristin Glenn, Director of Outreach, 3Hopeful Hearts Bereavement Support
“Deciding to cremate a loved one’s body feels so final but, when I suggest we make a clay hand print before the body is cremated, there is almost always a sigh of relief. The print-making process is truly therapeutic, helping families feel they have a little bit of control over a situation that is otherwise uncontrollable.'
Furthermore, when a baby died after several weeks in the NICU, I told the charge nurse that I would help the parents make a handprint. Several of the other nurses asked if they could join us and help with the print-making process. They felt that, after caring for this baby for so long, being part of this experience would be healing for them, too. This is a beautiful way to honor a tiny soul who passes all too soon.”
--Betsy Strafach, Executive Director, 3Hopeful Hearts Bereavement Support
“I have always been very pleased with your products and the wonderful customer service of World by the Tail. Thank you for giving me yet another reason to sing your praises :)”
--Dr. Sara Hopkins, Edmonds, WA
“…the feedback on your presence was phenomenal and I have been told that of all the products that are seen at conferences, yours was one that they actually implemented with great results and huge satisfaction.”
-- Kris Rimbos, MS, CNS, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CO AWHONN Section Chair, Lafayette, CO
“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.”
--Elaine Main, Funeral Director, Allnutt, Loveland, CO
"As part of my fieldwork and classroom teaching, I have used all kinds of casting materials, including plasters, clays, and gels. Your clay is the best material I've found to work with! It is soft, but not too soft. It isn't oily and doesn't dry out. After it is baked, it doesn't crack or shrink like other clay products I have used. It is so easy to use, anyone can do it! Thank you for providing such a superior, yet affordable, product!"
--Garry Kerr, Professor of Anthropology, University of Montana
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, ore 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."
--Chris Goes, Goes Funeral Care & Crematory, Fort Collins, CO
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."
--Chrissy McCollom, Goes Funeral Care & Crematory, Fort Collins, CO
The NICU Staff Nurses and Perinatal/Child Loss Support Team Members at Poudre Valley Hospital, also had this to say when given a brief survey about their experience using ClayLinks® Kits:
"The ease of use is fantastic!"
"The final product is professional looking."
"Families cherish any small memento they are given. It is nice to give them an original, beautiful, lasting memory of their baby."
"I did not think the staff would like having to bake the molds. The ease of baking has made this a non-issue."
"During my follow-up phone calls, families continually thank us for the molds. They are cherished memories."
"They are so easy to use."
"The staff overwhelmingly agrees the embellishments and the stamping kit really make the final product very personal and meaningful."