Send a Message of Hope in the New Year

Posted by Willow Tree on January 29th, 2020

A new year is a time of reflection. It’s a time to remember loved ones who were lost in the previous year and to look ahead at the coming year with hope. Whether you are giving memorial gifts or a gift of hope, these gifts will send a message of love to the ones you care about.

Angels of Bereavement

The start of a new year can be a tough time for those who have lost a loved one in the previous year. It’s a reminder that their loved one won’t be with them in the coming year, and emotions can run high. Bereavement gifts can help send a message of comfort, sympathy, and remembrance.

An angel figurative sculpture holding her hands underneath a gold heart represents the warm, comforting memories that heal us when we’re missing a loved one. These personal memories connect us to the people we love, whether they are still with us or not. It’s an uplifting piece that encourages and supports someone in need.

A Calming Music Box

Another way to send a message of healing is through a calming music box. An angel, hands clasped in prayer, with a carved tree in her dress, can express condolences while allowing the recipient to cherish the memories of their loved one. The tree is a metaphor for strength, grace, and beauty, and the prayer one of hope and healing. Trees are grounding, connecting us with the earth and those no longer with us, and the figurative sculpture can also represent the Tree of Life. The music box appropriately plays “Amazing Grace.”

A Message of Hope

For a sculptural message of hope, you might gift a figure of a woman releasing a white bird to soar into the wild. While the piece can be an expression of sympathy for a lost loved one, it is also hopeful. It’s a celebration of new beginnings and endings, a celebration of life, and the road to recovery without discounting grief.

A similar figurative sculpture, an angel with wire wings holding a wire butterfly in her outstretched hands, can be a message of courage and confidence in a time where both are hard to find in the wake of a loss. It honors the memory of the loved one while encouraging healing, an inspiration to continue living a good life that their loved one would be proud of. It’s a piece with a message open to interpretation, special between the giver and receiver.

About Willow Tree®

Willow Tree® figurines represent the strong bonds and relationships forged between us and our friends, family, and pets. Artist Susan Lordi’s intimate line of artwork aims to comfort and inspire the recipient. Each piece is cast from her original handcrafted carvings from her Kansas City, Missouri studio, and then individually painted by hand. Her signature Willow Tree® sculptures are easy to recognize by their simplicity of form. In place of facial features, gestures such as a tilt of the head, a turn of the body, or a placement of the hands reveal emotion. This leaves the interpretation of each piece open to both the giver and receiver. Willow Tree® offers a meaningful variety of artful sculptures, including angel ornaments, cake toppers, bereavement and memorial gifts, plaques, nativity sets, and much more.

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