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My emotions are raw as I write this.  My beloved Grandma passed away last night.  She was a one in a million person – the kind of woman who makes everyday better and everyone feel special.  Losing her has been even harder because I lost my father far too early in January and that wound still feels fresh.  I won’t try to tell you about my dad because I would be too emotional to write this post.  We also lost my husband’s dear grandma this year and my other grandma at the amazing age of 101.  Dealing with grief has been a hot topic in our family this year.  My children have struggled to deal with sadness from the loss of loving grandparents and I have struggled to deal with my own grief and loss.  In the mist of all of this sadness something beautiful has emerged.  My beautiful daughter had a wonderful idea that has helped her work through her grief and bring some comfort to others.

Dealing with Grief through Service

After my father passed away, my daughter was devastated.  She had just learned to arm knit so I suggested she make a scarf for my step mom.  Having something to do was a great comfort for her and making something for her grandma that she loves so much made the project very meaningful.  She made a beautiful scarf for my step mom and in doing that she was able to work through her grief.  When my husband’s grandma passed away just months later, my daughter wanted to make scarves for my mother-in-law and her sister.  She added this sweet note that you are welcome to download and use:

Sympathy Scarf Card

In our year of loss, a beautiful tradition has emerged.  When my grandma died unexpectedly last night, through her tears and heart ache my daughter went to work.  She had a big list of people to knit scarves for this time and having something to do has helped her to deal with her own grief.  Arm Knitting these scarves has been very therapeutic for my daughter and the scarves are kind gifts that are  a small comfort to her family that she so wants to support and show her love. They are really pretty and warm and they cost less than $3 to make so they are a very frugal gift.  My cute daughter was even willing to make a video to teach you how to Arm Knit these scarves.

These scarves require about 1/4 of 4 different standard size skeins of yarn.  You can get yarn at yard sales and thrift stores or in most stores.  They should be about $3 per skein.  Amazon also has some good yarn for under $3.  You don’t have to get fancy yarn and different textures and thicknesses or yarns work well together in these Arm Knit Scarves.  We even like to add ribbon.  The final result is really beautiful and it’s hard to believe you can arm knit these scarves in under an hour!

Arm Knitting Sympathy Scarf

I am so proud of my daughter and I just love this tradition!

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Posted by Frugal Mommy

Hi I’m Heather, a busy, happy and very frugal mom of 8 amazing kids! My journey to become a mom of 8 has been a bumpy one that has included infertility, being a foster parent, adoption, and special needs parenting. I share the things I've learned raising my big unique family.

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  1. I love to see my dear granddaughters busy making beautiful gifts.

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  2. Beautiful scarves and lovely post! Sorry for your loss, losing loved ones is so hard…

    best to you!

    Valerie

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  3. I’m sorry for your loss! But I do love the message of your post – what a great thing to do and teach your kids!

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    1. Thank you so much!

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      1. Thank you for these words on writing about grief. I have been keienpg a journal for several years now, but before I started this I had already lost or thrown out the diaries I kept as a child. My sister died age 7 in 1980, so I would have liked to be able to look back on what I wrote as I was growing up. I recently decided to start writing a book about my journey through her death and my healing journey to the present and I found it hard going! It’s still on my to do’ list, although, having written only a few pages, has slipped off the top of the pile. If you have any tips for me, I’d appreciate them!

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  4. Your daughters scarves are amazing! Something I definitely needed to read as today is the death anniversary of my great grandma who was like the glue to my whole family. I can say it never really gets any easier it’s always in the back of your mind. The only thing that really gets me through it is that I know she’s in a better place, and continues to watch over us everyday like I’m sure your grandma is too ♥

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    1. Thank you. I’m sorry today is a hard day for you.

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  5. I’m so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.

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    1. Thank you!

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  6. Im so sorry for your loss. Your daughter is wonderfully talented and is doing a great thing! I hope you and your family are doing okay

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. We are okay.

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