Do you own a special piece of clothing that once belonged to a loved one who died?  Perhaps Grandpa’s special vest, Grandma’s apron, dad’s old coat, mom’s dressing gown, or a favourite t-shirt that belonged to a sibling?  These are precious items that are so much more than clothes.

They hold memories of the person who once wore them – their familiar smell, and a powerful reminder of their habits and who they were. The clothing of our loved ones can remind us of their presence, as well as provide some comfort through the grief after they died.

Hospice is looking for submissions of these precious items to be part of a public display at Lights of Life this year. We will present clothing and stories that invite us to remember our loved ones and witness memories taking on new form.

Would you like to participate?  If so, please provide:

  • one article of clothing that belonged to your loved one. This article will be returned to you after the display.
  • a short piece of writing about the clothing. How does it remind you of them?  We invite you to reminisce and share about the item being displayed.

This project was inspired by an exhibit in Ontario entitled Collecting Loss—Weaving Threads of Memory.

If you would like more information about this project, please click here, and email