Archive for the ‘Love Memorials’ Category

 Just a Cloud Away Inc. ™ Journal will be presenting a brief talk on the various ways art is incorporated into the healing process, for Caregivers and those with Alzheimer’s Disease. Art is an alternative way to communicate.

 Remember & Honor Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s,

“The Way They Were & the Way They Are Now”

 Thursday November 18th


Emerald Event Center 2000 East Wendover Avenue

Create a Cake Catering providing lunch for $13.00

 November is Alzheimer Awareness Month

 Topics to be discussed:

  • Creating a tribute, honoring the life of a loved one with Alzheimer’s-video montages, poetry

  • Benefits of incorporating art therapy in the lives of Alzheimer’s patients. Parts of their brain that deal with colors and composition can still be used and developed and even people with advanced Alzheimer’s disease can continue to create art. A study showed that patients receive pleasure and satisfaction after creating artwork.

Below is a self portrait of an American artist William Utermohlen, 1967

Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1995.

Below is his last self portrait in 2000.

A Papercrafting Workshop will be held at the same location December 3rd, Friday evening from 5-11pm to share and create keepsakes for/of our loved ones. More information here. Please RSVP to Diana@justacloudaway.com

My personal story of the day Gram forgot me.

Read Full Post »

The art of papercrafting incorporates a few supplies with mementoes of loved ones. At the first Love Memorial™ Workshop sponsored by Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal, the community brought pictures of their loved ones, infants, and pets that have passed on.  The participants expressed their gratitude to have the opportunity to remember and create keepsakes with their own hands. Various vendors provided snacks, drinks, and music; and Rich Brenner helped out at the microphone.

Local businesses will surprise us each month with goodies, music or other. Angela Howard of Take Shape for Life-Fast Weight Loss and Long Term Health, has lost 210 pounds and serves up a fantastic glass of lemonade.

Pressed flowers will also be available.

Please email Diana@justacloudaway.com if you are interested in attending a casual papercrafting workshop on a monthly basis.  Our next workshop will be on Friday, December 3rd, at the Emerald Event Center (2000 East Wendover Avenue) from 5-11 PM.   Just a Cloud Away, Inc.™ Journal will sponsor the workshop by supplying scrapbook papers, stickers, cutters, stamps, adhesives, and more. We ask that you bring pictures or any two-dimensional mementoes of loved ones, pregnancy photographs, or beloved pets. If you choose to eat, a $10 charge will cover food and drinks. The workshop is open to avid scrapbookers who would like a comfortable, quiet, and convenient atmosphere to craft cards, collages, scrapbooks, holiday gifts, and whatever else brought to the table!

Many varieties of plants can be utilized in papercrafting, adding beautiful and meaningful touches to your art.

A decoupaged gourd.

Salvia from a memory garden.

Many other supplies will be provided.

Each person will receive a complimentary kit.

For a unique holiday gift try papercrafting an awareness ribbon magnet, for example, an Alzheimer Awareness Ribbons are purple. A granddaughter created the one below as a tribute to her grandmother, age 90.

I hope you can join us:) Please RSVP-Diana@justacloudaway.com

Read Full Post »

A new, free monthly local paper titled, Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal will report on hope. The journal provides an outlet for local bereaved families to share stories of love, loss, healing and unique memorials.

The loss of a loved one, pregnancy or pet is devastating and society as a whole varies greatly on what is acceptable in the mourning process. For many people, loss is a life altering event and may affect our habits, motivation, personal interaction, decision making and other factors. Personal grieving style is a direct reflection of family background, culture, age, and gender. Noting these differences may help the community understand that what is good for one person may not be for another. The journal will provide a platform enabling families to share their personal stories of hope with interactive discussion located at https://justacloud.wordpress.com.

Share your story and help our community, contact Diana at diana@justacloudaway.com. We realize there is no “1” solution for individual pain.

Articles will include local resources for coping mechanisms and support. These situations could be prior, during or after the loss whether miscarriage, euthanasia, AIDS, marriage, cancer or a tragic event. The pain is real and our community can increase awareness as to what actions or words would offer the comfort intended.

The journal has over 300 locations within Greensboro and the surrounding towns including; pet related facilities, coffee shops, salons, florists, churches, schools, medical facilities and funeral homes. It is apolitical and non-religious; however, if during an interview an individual experienced hope and peace through religion, so will be published. Under the Starlight section there will be lists of the monthly awareness causes and special days to remember, such as 9/11.  Gemstones and flowers are also listed for bereaved families suffering early pregnancy loss due to the lack of tangible keepsakes and also aiding with the selection of meaningful sympathy gifts.

Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal will host future events for adults, children and pets centering on proactive living encompassing; financial, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.  Our second event will provide the community with ideas on how to create Love Memorials™. These thoughtful keepsakes can be handmade or created by another using various mediums such as; paper, stone, metal, gemstones or gardens.  

“By spending only 10 minutes reading the articles may educate our community on various subjects before a crisis. Sending a card and food is wonderful, but there is more we can do to comfort. There is no second chance to help our family members or friends in the moment,” said Diana. Emotions are unstable during critical times, where people’s words may be construed as inappropriate. It is typical for feelings to be hurt and actions misunderstood, increasing stress during difficult times.

The journal was founded by Diana Gardner-Williams whose first son Tanner was stillborn in 2003. His stillbirth and the events that followed, led her to create memorials, gardens, and writings about her personal healing and loss found at, www.shivere.wordpress.com and www.justacloudaway.com.

Advertisers within the journal make this information available and they are the pioneers for taking the first step alongside Just a Cloud Away, Inc. ™ Journal. Please support the journal by supporting these businesses. More information regarding advertisers’ found at www.justacloud.wordpress.com.

For more information contact Diana@justacloudaway.com

Read Full Post »

Give the Gift of “Love Memorials™” to Grieving Families.

 “Love Memorials™” are very personalized sympathy gifts given to comfort a person or family grieving the loss of a loved one. This gift comes straight from the heart without the possibility of duplication. A “Love Memorial™” can be sent immediately after the death, on death anniversaries, angelversaries, birthdays, the season, approximate pregnancy due dates or holidays. There is no timeline for a gift honoring a life.

 At least three people are involved in the creation of a “Love Memorial™”; the person grieving, the deceased person or pet and you. There are no rules to compose a “Love Memorial™”, only the depth of thought for its conception. When you take the time to understand the relationship of the bereaved individual and loved one passed, a precious and unique keepsake can be composed.

“Love Memorials™” can be a simple handmade card, remembrance ribbons , poems , journal entries, or scrapbook pages. Other forms of “Love Memorials™” are virtual memorials, memory gardens and drawings.

 A handmade card is a wonderful and considerate way to send a heartfelt “Love Memorial™”. The card located above was created for a couple who lost their daughter Abby at 22 weeks gestation due to miscarriage. The photograph of a golden sunrise, the yellow butterfly and lemony cloud the angel is resting on, symbolizes the gemstone citrine. Abby’s approximate due date was December second. Providing this kind of information is helpful when creating a card reflecting the color of her gemstone.

 If you have a talent for writing, compose a “Love Memorial™” in the form of a letter or poem. This type of gift would be highly treasured because of the amount of thought required for its creation. My girlfriend created a “Love Memorial™” for us after the stillbirth of our son Tanner. The poem is called, If he could tell you…” and was read at our Memory Garden Dedication for Tanner. My girlfriend was also a new mother of a 3 month old when she composed this comforting poem that touched my heart. Her words also reflected a very real pain for her too.

 If you are creative and have either an organic or symmetrical style, try designing a “Love Memorial™” in the form of scrapbook pages . This “Love Memorial™” created from your perspective could comfort bereaved families while providing a memorial keepsake reflecting hope. My sister-in-law created a beautiful “Love Memorial™” for us honoring little Tanner. One could even create scrapbook pages from the perspective of child in heaven, reassuring the bereaved that they are doing just fine and love them deeply.

 Virtual memorials are another way to express your support for bereaved families. By working through the logistics and set up of an online memorial, unnecessary stress for grieving family members are alleviated. These “Love Memorials™” allow you to write short stories, poems or anything else about the deceased or those grieving the loss. Memorials can be personalized by background colors, music, and significant photos, making this online tribute unique.

Remembrance Videos are another option to create a unique memorial. Families usually have the video playing during the wake and funeral meals. This beautiful tribute will be treasured by hurting families.

 Typical sympathy gifts usually involve you and the individual grieving the loss, such as a sympathy card. Sending such gifts would be fine if it is distressing or uncomfortable to send a “Love Memorial™”. After some time passes, ideas and thoughts may be discovered helping to compose a “Love Memorial™” for your bereaved friend or family member. These types of sympathy gifts will be truly cherished because you haven taken time to think about their special relationship and the undying love within their hearts.

Peace Love and Hugs


Read Full Post »