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

Bereavement Bear with poem in heart

$ 150.00



This Bereavement Bear is made entirely from your loved one's clothes and includes this special poem in a red heart on the front of the bear's chest that says, 

"These are the clothes I used to wear. 
When you hold me, know I am there."

This is an embroidered red heart with white lettering. This replaces our previous heat transfer heart. Contact us if you would like to heat transfer heart.

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 here.
  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 6-8 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 upcyling 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 to add custom personalization



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!

18 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Based on 18 reviews
Margie G. (Myrtle Beach, US)
NY Jets

I have already had 2 bereavement bears made in the last few months and they were just perfect and were for two of my grandsons. They picked out shirts from my deceased son’s clothing that had meaning to each. The bear I received last week was just amazing! My son and my son-in-law were both NY Jet fans and would watch many a game together. I choose shirts for this bear with some of his sports attire and it is just perfect. Hoping my son-in-law will appreciate it when the season starts!!! Thank you again.

Jenny M. (Jacksonville, US)
Memory Bear with heart poem

I love my bear. The quality is great.

Heather (Cape Coral, US)

Bereavement Bear with poem in heart

Carol G. (Tyler, US)

You did such a fantastic job on my bear! The shirts were 2 of my late husband’s favorites! I feel so close to him❤️. Thank you for your awesome work!!

Jeff P. (Woodridge, US)
Absolutely beautiful!

Ordered for Christmas for my sister, she will love it!

Michele K. (Myrtle Beach, US)
Loved it

Sent to my daughter as a keepsake of her father. She cried for a while upon receiving it. Loves it.

Debbie F. (The Bronx, US)
Bear w/Poem

Love, love, love the bear. Absolutely beautiful. Thank-you so much. My daughter is going to love it. I highly recommend this company. Outstanding work.

Linda K. (Petersburg, US)
Bereavement Bear

I will always have a part of my mother with me all the time. They really do a great job and put a lot of hard work in putting the bear together thanks so much.

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