Projects > Memory Box Project
On one particularly grumpy, grief day for moi, I emailed with Gwen Flowers who has often contributed amazing poetry here to KotaPress. She mentioned something called "The Memory Box Project" and I was immediately intrigued. She sent me the following link:
Wow! What an amazing project! All I could think upon reading about their work was, "I wish someone had made a box for me after Kota died." All the artists involved in this project donate the boxes, the art, the postage for mailing the memory boxes to hospitals and birthing centers around the country. This is an amazing service for the bereaved parents, for the hospital staff who are always wanting more "tangible" ways to support the bereaved. Amazing work coordinated by artist Tera Leigh and her mother Marie Gemmil!!!
Another thing I noticed at their site was that they also have a YahooGroup for the artists to post photos of the boxes and to ask questions of each other about process, or to share painting patterns or poetry for including in the boxes, etc. So I signed up right away. You can, too, if you go to:
And so, when I joined the YahooGroup for the Project, I wrote to ask people if they might write a few words about their involvment with this. Here are a couple of the replies I got:
You can see from these couple replies that the artists involved have a mission and purpose. Their work is beautiful. And the support they provide is much appreciated by bereaved parents everywhere.
Also, I'm thrilled to report that my own mom got involved in the Project, too! She started making boxes right away, and it was only a week after discovering this Memory Box idea that I got a package in the mail. It was from my mom, the memory box artist. The package contained a beautiful purple painted box decorated with butterflies and ladybugs and beautiful sparkles. So you see, I did get a box for my Kota memories afterall! It is signed by the artist "Kota's Nanna" --
About the Author
Kara has been using poetry and other expressive arts tools on the grief journey since the death of her son in 1999. Her poetic and non-fiction works have been included in publications such as New Works Review, PoetsWest, Real Henna, Shared Heart Foundation's "Meant To Be", LightHearts Publication's "Soul Trek", MISSing Angels Newsletter, American Tanka, Mother Tongue Ink's We'Moon, Honored Babies, Cup of Comfort series, and more. She is a Carnegie Mellon graduate who co-founded KotaPress with her husband Hawk Jones. She is currently in an apprenticeship working toward Master level of Reiki. And she founded HennaHealing.com where she is exploring the ancient art of henna and its uses for ritual and healing.