Amanda Kloots is working to keep her late husband Nick Cordero’s memory alive for her children. Last week, she shared with fans a picture of a teddy bear made from Cordero’s dressing robe which he wore during his last Rock of Ages performance.
Cordero past away in July from complications from COVID-19 at the age of 41.
Kloots shared a photo of the touching keepsake on her Instagram. In the image, their son Elvis Eduardo is seen snuggling up to the bear.
“This memory bear was made for Elvis by a dear friend,” Kloots wrote in the caption. “I can’t even begin to explain how special it is.”
The adorable bear also includes a red heart stitched with Elvis’ name and a small pocket where Elvis can keep things.
“I’ve learned through this process all the special and inventive things you can do to keep someone’s memory alive,” Kloots wrote. “You don’t have to bury someone and say goodbye if you don’t want to. I truly enjoy keeping Nick’s spirit alive as much as possible.”
“They are little blessings and gifts that give me comfort on a daily basis,” the mom of one continued. “This bear Elvis will have for the rest of his life and hope pass on to his family one day.”
Kloots has previously shared keepsakes she’s created in her husband’s honor, including a vase made from some Cordero’s ashes.
“My beautiful vase that Elvis and I made with some of Nick’s ashes is done!,” Kloots wrote when she shared a photo of the memento. “I cannot believe how it turned out.”
“Elvis and I put our handprints into the clay before it was fired,” she continued. “I intend to always keep flowers in this vase, reminding me of Nick every time I look at it.”
The most important and impactful keepsake is their son Elvis. “Thank God I have a little piece of my husband,” Kloots said of her son. “Anytime I’m sad, he brightens my mood in two seconds. He looks at me with his big smile and his little teeth, and I’m instantly transported into a different mood.”
When I’m not hanging out with my three-year-old and husband in Brooklyn, I’m busy writing stories for Mamas Uncut and managing PR + Marketing for Magnolia Bakery, based in New York City. On weekends, you can usually find me at a local park or playground pushing my daughter on the swings, “researching” the best almond croissants in Park Slope or launching into impromptu family dance parties at home, the sidewalk or, every once in awhile, a restaurant bathroom. I’m still trying to master the whole parenting thing, but I have learned that copious amounts of coffee, humor and humility are involved on a daily basis.
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