Bereavement support – compassion and courage

Honoring and remembering loved ones by transforming beads into metaphors of hope and remembrance.

Beads of Courage Arts-in-Medicine workshops and supportive materials for Compassion and Courage provide opportunities to experience the important reflective work that a bead can facilitate when grieving the death of a loved one.

The Beads of Courage Elephant Bead

The Beads of Courage Elephant Bead supports moms who need a dose of encouragement as they grieve the death of their child. This bead could be gifted during the Beads of Courage Strand for Strength and Remembrance Program (below), as a follow up booster bead, or stand alone. It also includes two beads for mom to gift to two people to call upon in her “tribe” for support. The Elephant Bead is available in our Shop to Support and also in our Member Hospital Refill Store .

The Beads of Courage Feather Bead

The Beads of Courage Feather Bead is an exclusive, custom-made pewter feather charm for anyone who needs a dose of encouragement as they grieve the death of a loved one. The intention card opens to reveal an encouraging quote from Chelsey Magness, mom and professional athlete, who shares her story coping with the death of her son in the documentary film “With Spirit”. The Feather Bead is available in our Shop to Support and also in our Member Hospital Refill Store.

Beads of Courage, Inc. is honored to partner with Hayden’s House of Healing in creation of the Elephant and Feather Beads. We are committed to supporting people during life’s most difficult moments.

Strand for Strength and Remembrance Workshop

The Strand for Strength and Remembrance Workshop was created for those who are coping with the death of a loved one and is intended to be facilitated by a caring clinician. A goal is to help find strength as the bereaved moves through their grief process. During this symbolic and creative arts program, participants are encouraged to express their memories, fears, courage and hope for the future, while honoring family and self using symbolic beads that become metaphors of remembrance:

The bead strand created during the session is meant to be kept by the participant. It serves as a visual and tangible symbol for reflection on the legacy of and love for the person they are grieving and their strength throughout their bereavement journey.

Strand for Strength is a wonderful compliment to existing bereavement support programs or if you are looking for something new. It can be used during bereavement groups, remembrance ceremonies, as well as one-on-one with a family or individual. It is appropriate for children and adults.

Can’t provide these services in person? Please ask our team about using Strand for Strength virtually.

*Beads of Courage is grateful to all of the caring artists from the International Society of Glass Beadmakers for creating and donating handmade glass beads that have been made exclusively for Beads of Courage, Inc.

Please contact Krista Burgbacher at krista@beadsofcourage.org for more information or to order.

Beads of Courage Flagship Program

Butterfly Bead for Bereavement*

Beads of Courage members receive beads during their treatment experience to represent the amazing strength and courage displayed throughout this challenging time. These same beads can become a source of comfort, strength, and remembrance for families after the death of their child or teen.

The Butterfly Bead for Bereavement is intended to be given by caring clinicians to families after the loss of their child or teen as a continued sign of support, love, and remembrance. These can be ordered in the Hospital Refill Store.

For more information on incorporating Beads of Courage into your bereavement support practice, please contact Krista Burgbacher at krista@beadsofcourage.org.

*Beads of Courage is grateful to all of the caring artists from the International Society of Glass Beadmakers for creating and donating handmade glass beads that have been made exclusively for Beads of Courage, Inc.

Virtual Bereavement Workshops:

National Grief Awareness Day Virtual Gathering – August 30, 2023 at 7pm ET

Join Beads of Courage for a virtual experience in community connection in recognition of National Grief Awareness Day. This session is for those grieving the loss of a loved one, both adults and children alike. We ask that children be supervised by a caring adult during the session.

Registration is required by August 16th
$20 registration is inclusive of a Beads of Courage Compassion and Courage support package. Registration

If your organization is interested in sponsoring Beads of Courage bereavement resources, please contact jean@beadsofcourage.org

Thank you to all of our partners in caring that have integrated Strand for Strength into their clinical support services over the years including:

  • Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation
  • Banner Health
  • Children’s Hospital at Sinai
  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Children’s Medical Center, Dallas
  • Diamond Children’s Hospital
  • George Mark Children’s Home
  • Hayden’s House of Healing
  • Iowa City Schools
  • Jay’s Hope
  • Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
  • Kaiser Permanente Roseville
  • MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital
  • Monroe Carell Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
  • Our Clubhouse
  • Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation – Georgia Chapter
  • Ryan House
  • St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • The Punt Foundation
  • Tucson Medical Center
  • University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital
  • University of North Carolina Hospitals
  • USA Women and Children’s Hospital