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Bereavement Bear made from favorite clothes

Bereavement Bear

$ 120.00

We know it's hard to lose a loved one. Now you can have them back in your arms with a bereavement bear made from their clothes.

Perfect for when you want a dignified way to remember her in a favorite dress, the t-shirts that were so him, or the uniform they proudly wore to work every day, turn their clothing into a Bereavement Bear.

With careful attention to detail and quality workmanship, you can trust your loved ones clothes with the team here at The Patchwork Bear. Every stitch is sewn with love & respect, and we hope each bear we make for you brings comfort and happy memories for your entire family.

Your finished bereavement bear measures a perfectly huggable 17 inches tall and features embroidered eyes and nose for added charm and safety.


  1. Place your order today!
  2. We email shipping instructions and a printable order form 
  3. Send us: 1-2 adult (or 4-8 child) size clothes with the order form
  4. In about 4-6 weeks, you'll receive a memory bear made entirely from the clothes you sent. 


  • We are the ORIGINAL memory bear company, started in 2003 with the goal of saving your memories by up-cyling favorite clothes. You can trust our experience, talent and heart when it comes to saving your memories. 
  • Your clothes are received and signed for by a real person, not left outside by shipping carriers with the threat of weather damage or theft
  • We have a professional sewing studio with a small, talented team of designers and makers who share the joy of creating keepsakes for you
  • We encourage your design input and requests and love to hear stories about the memories made in the clothes you send.
  • We are one of Oprah's Favorite Things and Creative Child Magazine's Product of the Year


This bear DOES NOT include personalization. Please order HERE if you would like the feet personalized (or you can ADD-ON custom personalization on the bear's chest and/or feet).


**If you would like to give a Memory Bear as a gift, please order our Memory Bear Gift Kit. (It's the same as this memory bear, just packaged for gift giving!)

Contact us for a discount on 5 or more memory bears.


Please note: These are keepsakes and not toys. They are not designed or intended for use as a toy for children of any age. While we do not use any buttons, plastic eyes or small parts, they are made entirely from your clothes and therefore have not been tested and do not conform to any safety standards or guidelines in place for children’s toys. The Patchwork Bear does not accept any liability for the misuse of these keepsakes. 

Step 1: Order your keepsake product

Step 2: We email shipping instructions and an order form

After your order is processed, we EMAIL shipping instructions & a printable order form.

(Gift Kits will ship in 2-3 days and include an order form, shipping instructions & mailing bag)

Step 3: Send your clothes to the patchwork bear

All packages sent to us are signed for upon receipt and kept in a safe, indoor location. We know your clothes are irreplaceable and we take great care throughout the process

Step 4: receive your keepsake in just a few weeks. Instant heirloom!

Please allow 4-6 weeks for memory bears & animals; 8-12 weeks for quilts & bags. May take longer during holidays (Oct-Dec). 

CONTACT US if you have a specific deadline or any questions. We can't wait to help you save your memories!

81 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Based on 81 reviews
Christie F. (Avon, US)
Absolutely Perfect - Bereavement Bear

Far surpassed my expectations! I was extremely nervous sending off the clothes and worried about how the bear would turn out! I was blow away and everyone I have shown it to says the same thing!

Megan M. (Olympia, US)
Bereavement Bear

Just received the Bereavement Bear and it turned out perfect! I couldn’t be more happy 😊

Deborah S. (Henrietta, US)
Remembering Dad

My Dad passed away unexpectedly. I purchased two Memory Bears one for my nephew and one for me; Two Memory Pillows one for my brother and one for my Mom; and two Memory hearts one for my daughter and one for my granddaughter.

My nephew has not put it down and feel "Pa" is with him. I have recommended to many.

The team took great care answering my many questions. They were caring and reached out to make sure they created them AMAZING!!!

Thank you so much - all items are amazing and will be cherished.

D.M. (Blaine, US)

Bear came out amazing! Cannot wait to have this at my wedding next week as a memory of my father. Thank you so much for the amazing work!

Darnita L. (Birmingham, US)
Best decision ever!

Hi Team! I can't express how happy am that I found you guys to do our bereavement bears! Sending my mom's clothes to be cut up was a hard decision, but I have absolutely no regrets! When the bear came in the mail, my daughter and I were overcome with emotions. We were extremely happy and pleased with the outcome! Thanks for the work that you do!

Teddie D. (Alexandria, US)

Every time I look at it I think of my Mom. I love it!

Ann (DuBois, US)

I couldn’t have been more pleased! Nervous to send treasured items, paid up front, online,…
Best choice ever. Bears are perfect, not sure how you could make them with the articles I sent, but just couldn’t be happier. Brought tears when we opened box. Shared your web site with everyone I could. Great job

Bridget D. (Las Vegas, US)
My Dads Bear

When I ordered my dads bear I knew it was going to turn out nice BUT what I received was unbelievable!!! My bear exceeded my expectations! My dad passed from heart failure so I sent in his EKG and asked if they could possibly sew it on the bear. I have no words. Thank you for this beautiful memory

why us?

Why choose The Patchwork Bear to make your custom keepsake?

The Patchwork Bear has been trusted to turn your favorite clothes into keepsakes since 2005 and understand your clothing is irreplaceable- full of stains and memories. We take the utmost care of your clothes in every step of the process from receiving the clothes, to design, to creation and delivery. 

We know it is difficult to send your clothes away to be cut up, but you can trust that our talented design team will transform them into a keepsake you will love. We get to know you through the clothes you send and our goal is to create custom products from clothing that will bring back happy memories. 

award winning

One of Oprahs's Favorite Things

If OPRAH trusts us, you can too! In 2017, we were thrilled to have our Memory Bear chosen as one of Oprah's Favorite Things. 

Our products have received numerous awards and recognition, notably the Creative Child Product of the Year and Oprah's Favorite Things List. 

The Patchwork Bear x Oprah's Favorite Things