The Guinness Book of World Records lists the shortest will in the world as "Vše ženě" (Czech, "everything to wife"), written on the bedroom wall of a man who realized his imminent demise and made a swift attempt to distribute his chattels before expiring.
The sisters discovered that a symbol existed for almost everything else in society, except for grieving the loss of a loved one.
Through research and personal experience, they discovered that many people keep their hurt and pain inside after losing a loved one because it is just not something acceptable to freely talk about in society. They were inspired to create a symbol that could be worn in public to let others know they had experienced the death of a loved one.
In both states any such will is void one year after that member's discharge from service “unless the testator …
does not then possess testamentary capacity” under Maryland law (Md. § 4-103(b) (2013)) and for one year after the testator regains testamentary capacity under New York law (NY Est Pow & Trusts L § 3-2.2(d) (2012)).
It can also be worn to acknowledge the passage of time, like the anniversary of a loved one's death.
Because the intention of wearing the pin takes on a personal, intimate relationship with the wearer, it can be worn everyday to honor the life of the person who has died.
This public display brings people together, lets them share stories and memories, and celebrates or honors milestones.
The Universal Grieving Symbol™ pin encourages and offers hope to the griever for it says: I have loss someone I am missing today and it is o.k.
to cry and feel my emotions and share this with others.