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Home of the ORIGINAL Memory Bear & Oprah's Favorite Thing

Bereavement Bear made from loved ones clothes

Bereavement Bear, personalized

$ 150.00

We know it is hard to lose a loved one. Keep their memory alive with a bereavement bear made entirely from their clothing. These bears are by far the closest to our hearts to make- we hope each bear we make bring comfort and happy memories for every member of the family.  Includes custom personalization on each foot.

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. Please allow 6-8 weeks to create your bear (+shipping time)


  • 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 

**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!)




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!

87 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Based on 87 reviews
Jodie C. (Knoxville, US)

My memory bear for my dad was everything I expected and I am in love with it! Thank you!!!

WL (Fishersville, US)

The bear was beautifully designed and brought back so many memories of my dad who passed away recently.

Karolyn L. (Hillsboro, US)
Absolutely perfect!

I placed an order for a memorial bear and it was made exactly the way I had asked. Was shipping back to us in time for Christmas. Beautiful details! This will forever be cherished by our Goddaughter. Thank you!

Chuck a.T. (Archbald, US)
Our Alex Bereavement Bear

Jennifer did an awesome job on our bear. I made a mistake with one of the dates. She took the bear back and fixed it for us. The bear is awesome. It is constructed beautiful and sturdy. You cannot see where the mistake was in the bear and we received the rest of our son’s clothes back. Packaging was very nice. Thank you for adding a smile to our face.

Diane F. (Swarthmore, US)
So glad I got my bear

I love my bear. I’m so glad I got it. It’s beautifully made as is the heart I also ordered. Thank you for what you do, for putting such care into the bears.

Kay B. (Longview, US)

So happy with the process from start to finish. The quality of work is amazing and I feel like it was made with love. The personalized bear is for my daughter and I
can’t wait to give it to her.

Allison S. (Dallas, US)
Poppy Bear

Perfect. My dad’s clothes to hug and remember him by. Always in my heart.

Betty B. (Bloomsburg, US)

I had this Teddy bear made as a gift for my 1st granddaughter to be born the end of July. My husband passed away very suddenly from a PE after surgery. The shirt I picked was one that my daughter bought for him, so I used that for her daughter. We both cried. Im sure you hear that all the time, but Pap-Paps with us now. 💕

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