Special Comfort Items For Your Wounded Heart

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love.”

  ~Washington Irving

So what the heck is a tear bottle?

Tear Bottles have been a tradition since ancient times, and have been found in ancient Roman and Egyptian tombs. Bereaved women cried into vials or cups and buried them with loved ones as a token of honor and respect.

Tear Bottles reappeared during the Victorian era, when mourners collected their tears in small bottles ornately decorated with silver and pewter.  The tradition was also popular among women waiting for their soldiers to return home from the Civil War.

Tear Bottles are about two to four inches in height. Most are made of glass or ceramic, with a tall narrow neck and the body of the bottle is shaped like a tear drop. It is usually stoppered with a  rubber seal to preserve the tears; or with a cork to allow for eventual evaporation. Tradition held that bereavement would end when all the tears had evaporated.

Today, modern Tear Bottles are given as gifts to commemorate important and emotional occasions like weddings, births, and deaths. They are quickly becoming a popular keepsake, gift item or collectible. Some women choose to use the bottles as originally intended, while others keep them as simple heartfelt reminders of their lost one.

Special Comfort Items

We present below a carefully collected selection of comfort items that we feel may help in some way to lighten the dark days of your bereavement.

Tear bottles are included below; our hope is the you will find something here that will speak to your heart and provide comfort and support.


Limoges Keepsake Box

Keep your treasures safe and sound with this attractive silver-toned keepsake box, just big enough for your beloved photos, artifacts, jewelry, and treasured memorial items. Lid includes a glass enclosed space for your favorite 3 1/2″ x 5″ snapshot. Personalize the top and bottom with a name or message.

Box measures 6 1/2″ x 5″ x 3 1/8″. 

Feather your nest…

As you grieve with a soft  blanket or comforting pillow that has been personalized with the image of your lost loved one. Read about choices for the special items here: Angel Blankets & Grief Pillows.

DreamTime Warm Embrace Aromatherapy Body Wrap


  • Heat therapy to ease muscle tension
  • Cold therapy on hot nights
  • Removable and washable cover
  • Aromatherapy: cinnamon, clove and lemon aromas

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Timeless Traditions Tear Bottle

Victorian Silver Filigree – Blue Bottle with matching Display Tray

Made popular by the book “The Shack” and “Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood”, our tear bottles also make a unique gift idea.

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Meditation, Guided Imagery & Blissful Sleep

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Idea! Set aside a special quiet spot in your home for meditation, prayer, or guided imagery exercises. Make it super-comfortable, with your favorite chair and soft wrap. Set about some scented candles or incense if you like that. Have your favorite comfort items close at hand. Provide a small CD player with earphones for your instructional tapes or special music.                

Try to spend at least 20 minutes per day in your quiet little escape hatch for quiet reflection, prayer or meditation. Learn how to meditate properly for free in just a few minutes here:

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Or try one of the excellent audio programs below that help you meditate and relax via guided imagery… effortlessly.

Ease Grief CD-

This beautiful guided imagery audio CD is designed to help mind and body relax, find comfort, and release grief; accept painful feelings; allow nourishing memories to provide solace; and encourage hope and inspiration for the future. By an experienced grief psychotherapist, it’s a favorite in grief support groups.

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Finding True Refuge: Meditations for Difficult Times

If you feel overwhelmed by the difficulties of life, is there someplace you can turn for safety and peace? On Finding True Refuge, renowned psychologist and meditation teacher Tara Brach offers insights, practices, and eight guided meditations for finding our way home to the inner sanctuary that is always available to us.

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Grief Relief

Is our own special collection of highly-acclaimed guided imagery tapes tailored to help you overcome many of the common psychological roadblocks to the successful resolution grief.

The Grief Relief program

consists of five steps or lessons that are taught through meditative guided imagery techniques, which help the healing messages ease into your subconscious mind. Once the five steps are completed, there are also two bonus daily meditations which provide 20 minute respites from the agonizing grip of grief.

Sound Oasis® Sleep Sound Therapy System/Alarm Clock

And don’t forget your sleep! A good night’s rest helps immensely in keeping up your spirits and stamina during bereavement.

Check out the latest in therapeutic sleep enhancement:

Natural Awakening Alarm Clock

This unique and soothing sleep therapy/natural sounds alarm clock will quickly become indispensible! Featuring clinically proven sounds from world renowned doctors and the world’s finest authentic nature sounds, the S-650 Sleep Sound Therapy System by Sound Oasis® is the next generation sound therapy system that gives you an unmatched therapeutic sleep experience.

Set the timer so you can fall asleep to these wonderful sounds which gradually taper off to lull you to sleep. Awaken to nature sounds to greet the new day, rested and alert.

Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Herbal Tea


  • Perfect to add to your bedtime routine. 
  • Caffeine and gluten-free 
  • Cool and calming chamomile, spearmint and lemongrass 
  • No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

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No matter which ritual you find is right for you, this much-needed quiet time will go a long way towards decreasing the stresses in your life right now. Treat your wounded soul gently. You are worth it.



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