One of my customers had a sculptures made to help her close friend deal with the passing of her mom. My customers name is Barb, but she wanted to keep her friends name anonymous).
This is Barb's story
One of my very close friends moved her mom into a nursing home,
her home was sold and most of the furniture and belongings came
home to her house. She spent the weeks before her mom died at her bedside and took her death very hard. Even though a couple of years have passed, she still grieves for her mom. She has found it very difficult to part with any of her mother's "things".That came to a head this summer when she downsized and needed to get the house ready for staging. Her children and their families came home for a vacation and to help. Their frank comments about "it's junk, get rid of it" and "no one would want that" weren't helpful. A lot of her mom's belongings ended up in the garage in green garbage bags alongside furniture slated for the curb or donation, This was very, very difficult.When I thought about her mother's doilies and the tablecloths, I wondered if they could be turned into some type of keepsake. That idea morphed into asking Trish Webster a local sculptor to create a sculpture using one of the pieces as a gift for my friend. Trish readily agreed and created beautiful Lizzie using, not one piece, but something from every piece I brought - all of her mother's treasured things. Trish suggested asking my friend if she would like to paint the figure which she agreed to do. There were some tears, some of sadness, but more, I think of joy in having something that gives her connection with her mother. It was cathartic.The piece was named after her mom Elizabeth - Lizzie.