One of ReMinkie's Memory Bears

Sympathy Quotes & Gifts

If you are looking for sympathy gifts, memory bears offer special meaning and comfort in times of loss and grief. Our high quality memory bears are designed with materials you send us — such as your loved one’s piece of clothing, favorite neckties, coat, uniform, furs, and more. Memory bears are keepsakes of the ones who live forever in our hearts, even if we can no longer see them with our eyes. Learn more about our memory bears as sympathy gifts.

Sympathy Quotes in Times of Loss

Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. ~ Unknown

When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind. ~ William Wordsworth

As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing that each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens. ~ Unknown

Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know that are happy. ~ Unknown

I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. ~ Leo Buscaglia

When the heart grieves over what is has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left. ~ Sufi

Life is eternal, and love is immortal,
and death is only a horizon;
and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
~ Rossiter Worthington Raymond

Good-night! good-night! as we so oft have said
Beneath this roof at midnight, in the days
That are no more, and shall no more return.
Thou hast but taken up thy lamp and gone to bed;
I stay a little longer, as one stays
To cover up the embers that still burn.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

For each thorn, there’s a rosebud.
For each twilight, a dawn.
For each trial, the strength to carry on.
For each storm cloud, a rainbow.
For each shadow, the sun.
For each parting, sweet memories when sorrow is done.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The song is ended, but the melody lingers on. ~ Irving Berlin

Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity. ~ Terri Guillemets

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. ~ Unknown

Angels are watching over you
Wings wrapped gently around you,
Whispering you are loved and blessed.
~ Angel Blessing

Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed, and very dear.

What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. ~ Helen Keller

Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade because a loved one’s gone. Those we love can never be more that a thought apart. For as long there is a memory, they’ll live on in our hearts. – Unknown

After the clouds, the sunshine; after the winter, the spring; after the shower, the rainbow; for life is a changeable thing. After the night, the morning, bidding all darkness cease, after life’s cares and sorrows, the comfort and sweetness of peace. ~ Helen Steiner Rice

Nothing can ever take away the love a heart holds, dear fond memories linger every day, remembrance keep them near. ~ Unknown

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Time may dull the pain, but love and memories will carry on strong. Wishing you as much peace as possible during this time of sorrow. ~ Unknown

Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.

Love is eternal, the aspect may change, but not the essence. 
~ Vincent Van Gogh

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. ~ The Wonder Years

If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I’d walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again. ~ Unknown

If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever. ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Gone yet not forgotten, although we are apart, your spirit lives within me, forever in my heart. ~ Unknown

If I should go tomorrow, it would never be goodbye, for I have left my heart with you, so don’t you ever cry. The love that’s deep within me, shall reach you from the stars. You’ll feel it from the heavens, and it will heal the scars. ~ Unknown

View Our Memorial and Remembrance Quotes.

Bride Memory Bears Bears as Wedding & Anniversary Gifts

Modern vs Traditional Anniversary Gifts

Bride Memory Bear as Anniversary GiftBelow are lists of traditional annviversary gifts and modern anniversary gifts — as compiled by the Chicago Public Library.For especially meaningful wedding anniversary gifts, our memory bears can be made from traditional anniversary materials and gems. For example, since we make memory bears from cotton fabric, leather, linen, silk, lace, and more — memory bears are perfect for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 12th, 13th wedding anniversaries. In addition, we can sew any gems onto our beautiful bears, making them perfect gifts for other wedding anniversaries as well. Since our memory bears are made of the highest quality, they become keepsakes treasured for a lifetime.

Memory bears are made from materials which have significance to you and your loved one. Pictured above is a memory bear made from a woman’s wedding dress and veil. Bride bears and groom bears are especially fun and delightful wedding and anniversary gifts.

Traditional Anniversary Gifts

Traditional Anniversary Gifts: Diamond Ring
1st: Paper
2nd: Cotton
3rd: Leather
4th: Linen, Silk
5th: Wood
6th: Iron
7th: Wool, Copper
8th: Bronze
9th: Pottery
10th: Tin, Aluminum
11th: Steel
12th: Silk
13th: Lace
14th: Ivory
15-19th: Crystal
20-24th: Opal
25th: Silver
30th: Pearl
35th: Coral, Jade
40th: Ruby
45th: Sapphire
50th: Gold
55th: Emerald
60th: Diamond (Yellow)
75th: Diamond, Gold
85th: Moonstone

Traditional Anniversary Flower Gifts

Rose: Traditional Flower Anniversary Gift
1st: Carnation
2nd: Lily of the Valley
3rd: Sunflower
4th: Hydrangea
5th: Daisy
6th: Calla
7th: Freesia
8th: Lilac
9th: Bird of paradise
10th: Daffodil
11th: Tulip
12th: Peony
13th: Chrysanthemum
14th: Dahlia
15th: Rose
20th: Aster
25th: Iris
28th: Orchid
30th: Lily
40th: Gladiolus
50th: Yellow rose, violet

Traditional Anniversary Gemstone Gifts

Pearls: Traditional Gem Anniversary Gift
1st: Mother of Pearl
2nd: Garnet
3rd: Moonstone
4th: Blue Topaz
5th: Rose Quartz
6th: Amethyst
7th: Onyx
8th: Tourmaline
9th: Lapis Lazuli
10th: Crystal or Green Tourmaline
11th: Turquoise
12th: Jade
13th: Citrine
14th: Opal
15th: Rhodolite
20th: Emerald
25th: Tsavorite
30th: Pearl
40th: Ruby
50th: Gold
60th: Diamond
65th: Sapphire

Modern Anniversary Gifts

1st: Clock
2nd: China
3rd: Crystal, Glass
4th: Electrical Appliances
5th: Silverware
6th: Wooden Gifts
7th: Desk Sets / Pen Sets
8th: Linens, Lace
9th: Leather Goods
10th: Diamond Jewelry
11th: Fashion Jewelry or Accessories
12th: Pearls, Colored Gems
13th: Furs, Textiles
14th: Gold Jewelry
15th: Watches
16th: Silver holloware
17th: Furniture
18th: Porcelain
19th: Bronze
20th: Platinum
21st: Brass, Nickel
22nd: Copper
23rd: Silver plate
24th: Musical instruments
25th: Silver
30th: Diamond
35th: Jade
40th: Ruby
45th: Sapphire
50th: Gold
55th: Emerald
60th: Diamond
75th: Diamond, Gold
80th: Diamond, Pearl
85th: Wife’s Birthstone
90th: Engraved Marble, Granite

Creative Wedding Gifts: Custom PIllows

Creative Wedding Gifts vs Traditional Wedding Gifts

Unique and creative wedding gifts — such as custom pillows — can be more far meaningful and lasting than traditional wedding gifts. At Reminkie, we don’t simply create memory bears. We also design custom pillows, custom blankets and throws, and keepsake quilts. In fact, we receive many requests for custom pillows as creative wedding gifts.

Shown in the photo to the right is one of our custom pillows made from a woman’s beautiful wedding dress. Here is the woman’s response to receiving the custom pillow — made from her very own wedding dress: “What an amazing keepsake of our wedding! I’m reminded of our special day every time I see this beautiful pillow on our bed. I love it, especially the button details.”

Traditional Wedding Gifts


Traditionally, couples have received kitchen and bath items as wedding gifts.

Top 10 Traditional Wedding Gifts

  1. Silverware Sets
  2. Serving Platters
  3. Monogrammed His and Her Bath Towels
  4. Monogrammed His and Her Bathrobes
  5. Decorative Throws
  6. Wine Glasses
  7. Candles and Vases
  8. Fancy Tablecloths and Napkins
  9. Kitchen Appliances such as toasters
  10. Just the Cash, Please

Traditional wedding gifts, which are designed to prepare a couple for a domestic life together, used to make perfect gifts for newly married couples. However, nowadays with so many couples living together before marriage, traditional wedding gifts are often redundant and discarded. This is why so many search for creative wedding gifts today.

Creative Wedding Gifts

Wedding Couple (hands)Custom pillows and memory bears — created from sentimental fabrics — can make very meaningful and creative wedding gifts. Here are some of our ideas for creative wedding gifts.

  1. Bride/Groom Custom Pillows (with sentimental fabrics)
  2. Bride/Groom Memory Bears
  3. Memory bears/custom pillows: wedding dress
  4. Memory bears/custom pillows: wedding veil
  5. Memory bears/custom pillows: bridesmaid dresses
  6. Memory bears/custom pillows: neckties worn by groom

Weddings should be once-in-a-lifetime days. So shouldn’t wedding couples receive once-in-a-lifetime gifts? Break away from traditional wedding gifts to give creative wedding gifts that make treasured keepsakes for couples to have and hold forever.

Looking for more creative wedding gift ideas? Check out this Pinterest Board of Wedding Gift Ideas.

Memory Bears: Video Screenshot

ReMinkie Memory Bears Featured on Video!

We hope you enjoy this video featuring our beautiful, high quality memory bears.

In this video, you’ll see examples of our fur memory bears, fabric memory bears, and necktie memory bears. The video shows memory bears made from a father’s NY Yankees shirts, a mother’s old fur coat, and a dad’s Santa Suit — given as Christmas gifts.

In addition, the video includes samples of our custom pillows (custom fur pillows, custom fabric pillows, custom necktie pillows); custom throws and keepsake quilts; as well as our custom scarves.

Order Your ReMinkie Memory Bears Today

Turn your loved one’s furs, clothing, coats, uniforms, neckties, and more into a beautiful and treasured keepsake! Our memory bears, custom pillows, and custom blankets can be personalized and monogrammed for you and your loved ones.

Call Rita at 800-373-6465 for more information.

Memory Bears

Patriotic Memory Bears Celebrating Soliders and the USA

ReMinkie Memory Bears makes all types of personalized teddy bears, including patriotic memory bears in red, white and blue. Pictured below is a memory bear celebrating the “land of the free” — perfect for the 4th of July.


Memory Bears for the Children of Fallen Soldiers

We also make memory bears from the uniforms of loved ones who have passed away, such as a fallen soldier. Memory bears can be an especially comforting gift for children in times of loss. Created from the uniform of a parent who has passed away, a memory bear is a cute, soft and cuddly keepsake for a child to hug and hold.

Memory Teddy Bears / Personalized Teddy Bears

Memory Teddy Bears / Personalized Teddy Bears

Memory Bears / Personalized Teddy Bears

Memory Bears / Personalized Teddy Bears

Memory Bears Made in the USA

All of our memory bears are made in the USA. Our patriotic memory bears are perfect gifts for soldiers, marines, veterans, and anyone who’s proud to be an American. For you or your loved ones, we can make memory bears out of any uniform, fabric, neckties or fur, including:

  • Army Memory Bears
  • Navy Memory Bears
  • Military Memory Bears
  • Firefighter Memory Bears
  • Police Officer Memory Bears
ReMinkie Memory Bears

ReMinkie Memory Bears: Gifts for Patients of Alzheimer’s Disease


We are very pleased to have created a collection of ReMinkie Memory Bears for those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Recently, we received a call from the husband of a Methodist Minister in North Carolina. In his possession, he had an old fur coat that once belonged to his late mother. Since his minister wife has no use for the fur coat, they wanted to put the coat to “good use.”

When he spotted an advertisement for ReMinkie Memory Bears, he felt it was truly a “blessing” to be able to something good with the coat; something that would help the folks in their congregation.

Memory Bears are Healing and Loving Gifts for the Sick

From the mother’s fur coat, we designed several beautiful ReMinkie Memory Bears. The bears will be given to members of the minister’s congregation who are suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Our memory bears are soft, huggable, and extremely well-made. They can offer comfort to anyone going through difficult or stressful times. In some instances, memory bears can help patients and families express feelings that are bottled up. There is nothing like holding onto a cute and comforting memory bear to help us all feel closer to ourselves and our loved ones.

Memory bears are healing and loving gifts, and we’re so happy to know that they are in the hands of those in need. At ReMinkie Memory Bears, we design memory bears as gifts for patients, memorial gifts, hospice gifts, get well gifts, get well wishes, and so much more.

Memorial Quotes with ReMinkie Memory Bears

Memorial and Remembrance Quotes with ReMinkie Memory Bears

At ReMinkie Memory Bears, we often design memory bears for those who have lost a loved one. A memory bear — tenderly handcrafted and designed with your loved one’s clothing, neckties, furs — is a beautiful keepsake to hug in your arms as you hold onto your memories. Below is a collection of memorial and remembrance quotes along with graphics featuring our ReMinkie memory bears.


Loving memories never die,
as years roll on and days pass by.
In our hearts a memory is kept,
of ones we loved and will never forget.


A life that touches others goes on forever.


Your life was a blessing,
your memory a treasure.
You are loved beyond words
and missed beyond measure.


I wrote your name on the sand …
but the waves washed it away.
I wrote your name on the sky …
but the wind blew it away.
I wrote your name on my heart …
and forever it will stay.


There are special people in our lives who never leave us… even after they are gone.


Goodbye is not forever.
Goodbye is not the end.
It simply means I’ll miss you
until we meet again.


Death leaves a heartache no one can heal.
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.


The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye but found by the heart.

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Surprise Your Spouse with a Love Bear by ReMinkie Memory Bears!

Don’t wait until Valentine’s Day to express your love for your spouse or significant other. A love bear by ReMinkie Memory Bears is an especially meaningful and personal gift for a loved one, any time of the year.

Love bears can be made from furs, neckties or fabric — anything that has special significance and nostalgia for you and your beloved. Is there a piece of clothing or material that is filled with memories of your marriage or history together? Perhaps a bridal gown, tux, or something you wore on a special occasion or at an event together. Over the years, we have transformed hundreds of treasured pieces of clothing and material into love bears and memory bears. Uniforms, coats, shirts and ties, baby blankets, and so much more.

Love Bear from Husband to Wife

Pictured above is a love bear given as a special gift from a husband to his wife. This memory bear is made from his wife’s old fur. In her own words…

My husband snuck my mink stole out of my closet and surprised me with the love bear sitting on my sofa. What a wonderful surprise! ~ Sarasota, Florida

Would you like to surprise your loved one with a memory bear full of love and meaning? Call Rita at 800-373-6465 to discuss the perfect memory bear for your spouse, significant other, or anyone dear to your heart.

Boy with one of our memory bears

Memory Bears for and in Memory of Children

Boy with one of our memory bearsPictured to the right is a beautiful birthday boy with one of our memory bears. His mother ordered this memory bear and gave it to her son as a birthday gift. We handcrafted his memory bear from his very own baby clothes.

Children grow up so fast. Before you know it, your baby is a teenager! Our memory bears are a wonderful way to celebrate the milestones in a child’s life. We make memory bears as birthday gifts, graduation gifts, wedding gifts, new baby gifts, and more.

Memory Bears: To Hug and To Hold

Memory Bears by ReMinkiePictured to the left is one of our memory bears made in memory of a child named Drew. Due to a drunk driver, he died far too young. Below are words from his mother.

“This is a bear that was made for me… it is made from a shirt, shorts & socks that were Drews. Thank you, Rita. This is my comfort bear!” ~ Debbie

We cannot lessen the grief when a parent outlives a child, but we hope to provide comfort with a keepsake. Our memory bears are here for you to hug as you hold onto your memories of your beloved daughter or son.

Memory Bear by Rita Glosser of ReMinkie Memory Bears

Memory Bears as Retirement Gifts

Over the years, we have made many memory bears as retirement gifts. Pictured to the right is a retirement bear made for a pilot who worked for Delta Air Lines for 30 years.

When your friend, coworker or supervisor is retiring, give a meaningful and unique gift. Our memory bears are keepsakes, crafted from materials you send to us. Our bears are designed to remind your recipients of their years of dedication and achievement, as well as the wonderful people they met along the way.

Retirement is a big transition in people’s lives, worthy of a very special gift. Of course, for some people, retirement is a welcome relief, and our memory bears can celebrate the freedom of retirement, too. Depending on your needs, your retirement bear can be fun or formal, lighthearted or serious.

Choosing Materials

Our retirement bears are made from fabrics, furs or neckties that you send to us. Great materials for retirement bears include uniforms, business ties, fabric with company mascots or company colors. Feel free to Contact Rita for ideas for your retirement bear.

Pricing and Shipping

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Styles of Memory Bears