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Stories of grief and hope from Carrie Pike creator of carriebears.com. Carrie Bears is a company passionate about helping others on their journey of grief and hope. We make bears and other tangible items that fill empty arms and provide SOMETHING TO HOLD ONTO. We love the connections in life that bring us all closer.

Something to Hold Onto Carrie Bears

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Stories of grief and hope from Carrie Pike creator of carriebears.com. Carrie Bears is a company passionate about helping others on their journey of grief and hope. We make bears and other tangible items that fill empty arms and provide SOMETHING TO HOLD ONTO. We love the connections in life that bring us all closer.

    Episode #79 - “Born to the Air” with Scot & Jen Whetman sharing about their son Braydon🚁♥️🎸

    Episode #79 - “Born to the Air” with Scot & Jen Whetman sharing about their son Braydon🚁♥️🎸

    I met Scot & Jen Whetman through a mutual friend who made bears for them out of their son Braydon’s clothes. They have such big hearts and have passed that on to their son Braydon. Braydon was a giver. He had a rough shell around him but was a giant teddy bear inside. A self taught guitarist, Braydon learned from the womb to love classic rock🎶. At age 14, he fell in love with flying and in his dad’s words was “born to the air”. He felt free in the air. Braydon joined the army and was eventually deployed to Korea. After having been there, PTSD set in and no one would ever realize how that took over his life. Scot & Jen share the tender, tragic and painful details of finding Braydon after he died by suicide. His parents said, “We miss him and love him dearly. Not a day goes by that we don’t think about Braydon.”

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode #78 Pondering at the Kitchen Sink - Charlene sharing about her dad John Christian Cornell🩵

    Episode #78 Pondering at the Kitchen Sink - Charlene sharing about her dad John Christian Cornell🩵

    Charlene Cornell honors and shares about her dad, John Christian Cornell in this episode. He was the family chef and family meant everything to him. He was always there, always home, always giving. John worked outside the home as well partnering with his wife to provide for the family. The two of them loved to dance. He'd be caught dancing and singing in the house. Charlene also noticed him pondering at the kitchen sink. She noticed it more the Christmas before he died of colon cancer. "I wonder what he was thinking," she said as she reflected on how she finds herself doing the same thing🩵

    • 50 min
    Episode #77 -Jorge and his red socks~an interview with his wife MaryKate Suxo-Sanchez ♥️

    Episode #77 -Jorge and his red socks~an interview with his wife MaryKate Suxo-Sanchez ♥️

    MaryKate met her Jorge in the testing center at college. She thought he was so cute 😊 They had a beautiful life together raising their four wonderful children and navigating the twists and turns life brings. Jorge was a go getter and always had the biggest smile 😃. He died way too young from Covid pneumonia in 2021. MaryKate had no intention of finding anyone else to love in this life. But God had a different plan and when she found Randy, who had just lost his wife, they both found happiness again. ♥️♥️

    • 50 min
    Episode #76 “Something about him felt like home.” With Mel Shore🎶🖤

    Episode #76 “Something about him felt like home.” With Mel Shore🎶🖤

    Professional Jazz Musician, Mel Shore shares her journey of heartache, resilience and healing. After living in NYC, Broadway musical tours and seeing the world, she met her husband Scott online. After going out with him she said, “Something about him felt like home.” They had a beautiful winter wedding. Scott planned it all and even baked the cake! They spent the season skiing and just being together. Their beautiful connection ended way too soon when Scott died after a tonsillectomy surgery. Mel said, “Grief is love.” She said her grief journey has helped her see people in a better way. She and a friend who is also a widow started their Widow We Do Now podcast which reaches and helps so many.

    • 51 min
    Episode #75 “Bird on the roof!” Melvin Edson Dunkley Jr with his wife Sandra and daughter Teresa🐦‍⬛♥️

    Episode #75 “Bird on the roof!” Melvin Edson Dunkley Jr with his wife Sandra and daughter Teresa🐦‍⬛♥️

    Mel had an infectious laugh, a knack for story telling and fierce family loyalty. He had a very specific breakfast routine which included pepperoni sticks and cheese for the dogs. He loved watching nature and would call out to everyone when he’d see a bird. He served in the Air National Guard. Disney and snowbird were his favorite places. And games were always in the plans. He was all about family! He is tenderly missed❣️

    • 38 min
    Episode #74 - Glimmers of Janette Jones Nelson from her friends Laura Kenner & Janette Halpin💖💫

    Episode #74 - Glimmers of Janette Jones Nelson from her friends Laura Kenner & Janette Halpin💖💫

    Life long friends of Janette Jones Nelson, Laura Kenner and Janette Halpin share memories and glimpses into her life. In April of 2020, Janette Nelson was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Right at the beginning of covid she underwent surgery. For 10 days she was on her own in the hospital. Her dear husband Greg (who said she was the most beautiful girl when he saw her in a college class) only able to see her on FaceTime. Janette had bright hopes of outlasting her 9 month to live prognosis. With her gift of faith and will to beat the odds she saw her middle son married and her youngest son graduate from high school. Janette’s oldest son is autistic and her degree in special education along with her energetic personality helped in raising him and being his ultimate primary care giver. Laura and Janette share fun memories from high school and college where Janette Nelson was always in the middle of anything fun. Janette loved the mountains - skiing in the winters and hiking in the summers. Her memory will live on through her family and army of friends that hold glimmers of her in their hearts.

    • 36 min

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