Holding Her

by Kathy on December 10, 2013 · 12 comments

in Coping, Family, Loss, Love, Memories, Molly, Siblings, Signs

It’s been over 5 1/2 year since I last held Molly in my arms.

Today I got to hold a special bear that weighs the same as Molly did, 4 lbs. 10 oz.

It was awesome and surreal to hold our “Molly Bear” for the first time.

She arrived late this afternoon, after a day that was physically and emotionally draining for me. Seeing and holding her felt like a sign from above.

Just as Molly Bears are intended, I find much peace and comfort in holding ours.

Bob, Sean and Abby all reveled in their first opportunities to hold her too.

It was bittersweet for Bob and Sean, who got to hold Molly the day she was born and died.

Abby, who never got to meet or see her sister in this lifetime, seemed excited to get to hold this teddy bear we told her was the same size as our Molly.

I feel such gratitude for the bear makers, especially Kayla (who made ours), as well as the family who lost a baby girl (also named Molly) that started this incredible and healing ministry.

We’ve waited awhile for our turn to have a Molly Bear and she is a cherished addition to our home and family.

If you want to learn more about Molly Bears, how to order one (if you or a loved one has lost a baby) and/or where you can donate to support their labor of love, click here.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sommer C. December 10, 2013 at 8:55 pm

What a wonderful idea. Your Molly Bear is perfect. <3
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2 Carolyn December 10, 2013 at 9:27 pm

So glad you finally got to hold your Molly bear. What an amazing ministry. Smiling over here!
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3 Audra Dye December 10, 2013 at 9:40 pm

What a wonderful way to remember Molly. I’m glad Molly Bear’s arrival today brought you moments of peace. I look forward to holding her! 🙂


4 Lori Lavender Luz December 10, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Makes me happy to think of your family holding Molly Bear.
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5 Casey December 11, 2013 at 7:44 am

Oh how I love this. It makes me so happy to think of you holding her. Weight is such a powerful thing.
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6 Deborah December 11, 2013 at 7:57 am

What a wonderful idea! I am so glad that other Molly’s mom was able to turn her vision into a reality for so many people. It must be so bittersweet to watch Sean & Abby with the bear.
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7 Esperanza December 11, 2013 at 3:22 pm

What a sweet bear. I hope she brings your family a little comfort.
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8 Justine December 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Oh, Kathy. I love that you are able to hold this small comfort, and I’m so glad that she brought you peace today.
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9 Kayla December 12, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Hello, my name is Kayla. I am the volunteer for Molly Bears who made a bear to remind you of your sweet Molly. To read about the happiness this wonderful gift has brought you, brings tears to my eyes. Although I have not personally lost a child, I volunteer in loving memory of my sweet sister Emily Anne. I hope this beautiful reminder brings you comfort each day when you hold her.


10 Brianna December 12, 2013 at 9:14 pm

So glad that your Molly Bear arrived on a day when you needed it. I think I know your bear-maker!!! I’ve notified her to have her check out the photo to see if she did, indeed, make your bear. I’m sure her heart will swell knowing that your bear is bringing you some comfort.
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11 loribeth December 29, 2013 at 11:49 am

What a wonderful idea — I love it, & I love the photos! So glad it has brought you comfort.
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12 Em January 1, 2014 at 11:50 am

I’ve never heard of Molly Bears, but what a cool idea! I can see how it would be incredibly healing to hold this sweet bear.
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