Thursday, March 12, 2009

Go Ahead and Cry

What do you give someone who is going through loss? Flowers are beautiful, but they don't last. And their inevitable wilting is unfortunate, a depressing reminder of life's temporality.

Giving someone a journal is an extremely thoughtful gift. This journal by Seattle-based Compendium is a perfect example. Journals can be like a paper shoulder to cry on, a place to express all those crazy emotions. This pocket notebook has on its cover "Remember, the universe is friendly and life is on your side."

I also love Compendium's sympathy cards. This one has a quote from Jileen Russell: "Go ahead and cry. I'll catch your tears." Inside the card, "I'm here for you." Lovely.