Transitions offers Memory Bears to our bereaved which are made from your loved one’s cherished clothing or other items. A favorite pair of pajamas, a uniform, and a college shirt, are all examples of items Memory Bears can be made from. Embellishments can be added such as a military pin, pair of earrings, special patch, pillow, blanket, or other items. These Memory Bears are sewed by Transitions Volunteers (at no cost to you!) and are a treasured way to comfort you and remind you of the love you shared. If you would like to receive a Memory Bear, please complete the form below.

After you have submitted your response, you will receive a confirmation message and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to arrange the next steps. For our volunteers to be able to accomodate all requests, we ask that you limit Memory Bear requests to no more than 3 per family.

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator – Ilene Thorman – via email to or by phone at 224-281-6243.