When Clare reached out to us on Instagram to tell us the story of how she came to make her Impression piece with her parents while her mum was terminally ill, we were so touched to learn how her Impression piece provided comfort through her grief.
With Mother's Day just around the corner, stories like Clare's become all the more precious.
Last year my mother was terminally ill and I decided I wanted to have a piece created with hers and my fathers impressions. I wanted something that I could always have close to my heart that represented both of them.
Getting the imprint was a challenge as mum didn't have much strength but we laughed along with her as they both tried to press their prints together. Mum thought it was a lovely idea. I will remember this night forever.
One side of the piece is strong, the fingerprint lines are so well defined just like my fathers working hands. The other side is delicate, the lines so gentle almost fading away like my mothers caring hands were. She nursed people her whole life with these hands, they held so many memories. Not long after this my mother passed away.
In between the funeral arrangements and grief I almost forgot about the necklace.
The necklace arrived exactly 1 month after my mother passed, which was the day my sister gave birth to her son. I know it was entirely the efforts of your team and Australia Post but having the parcel arrive on that day of all days, felt like it was a sign from mum giving both her girls something special to remember her by one month after she left this earth.
I wear my necklace everyday, I love it.
Thank you to the team for giving me something to hold onto.