CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico (AP) – In a small home workshop in this Mexican border city, Eréndira Guerrero makes teddy bears from the clothes of COVID-19 victims so that her relatives have memories to cuddle with.
Years ago, when Ciudad Juárez suffered shocking levels of violence, Guerrero began making the bears from clothes that the victims wore. The pandemic has created a new group of grieving clients looking for ways to keep in touch with a suddenly dead loved one.
He estimates that he has made about 200 bears for families of COVID-19 victims.
Relatives bring a favorite shirt or other item, and Guerrero carefully pins it to trace the pattern of the bear’s arms, legs, torso, and head. He charges the equivalent of about $ 30 for each and attaches notes that sometimes say something like this: “This is a shirt I used to wear. Whenever you hug her you know that I’m here. With love, dad.
Araceli Ramírez showed on Monday a photograph of her father wearing the shirt while she held his bear made from the same fabric. Lorenzo Ramírez died so quickly from COVID-19 two months ago that he couldn’t even say goodbye to him.
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