A Broken Arrow mother started a candle company with her kids, named after the seven sisters her mother left behind when she died.
The family keeps enough money to keep making candles and donates the rest to community organizations. Turns out, the business isn't just teaching her kids about being professionals, it's also teaching them how to work through life.
One of News On 6’s Sawyer Buccy’s favorite books is called Let's Take the Long Way Home. In it, Gail Caldwell wrote, "I know now that we never get over great losses; we absorb them, and they carve us into different, often kinder, creatures."
“It is white. The scent is gardenia tuberose, she loved flowers," said Stephanie Eager.
The Eager Family has been dealt great losses.
"I was 19 when I lost my mom and it has impacted my entire life," said Stephanie.
She has also lost her brother, her aunt, and an uncle.
"Despite the story, there is still good in the world," said Stephanie.
Stephanie wanted her kids to learn a lesson on grief that has shaped her own life.
"Put good back out there. You are given bad, doesn't mean you have to give bad back," said Stephanie.
In July 2020, the family started a candle company.
"I wanted a business that the girls and I could do together and the whole goal was to be able to give back," said Stephanie.
They were trying to figure out what to name the business and then hit on something significant.
"My mom had seven sisters- seven sisters. Seven Sisters Candles," said Stephanie.
Everything about this brand has significance- the logo, the names of the candles, the scents, the colors.
“The cardinal feather represents my mom. She used to always say, ‘Oh a Cardinal, that is someone coming back to say hello," said Stephanie.
There are floral scents, fruity ones and sweet ones that smell like dessert. The family takes time to find issues important to them and their community, then they donate some of the proceeds to organizations that support those causes.
"If someone passes, a lot of families just don't bring it up or don't talk about it but doing this has shown me that you can talk about it and you can be open about it but still be happy," said 16-year-old Grace Eager.
"You have got to take that sadness and feel it and go through it and then turn that into something better for you or for somebody else," said 23-year-old Zoe Eager.
The candles are homemade and make sure you look at the names.
"The first candle we made of course was Cindy," said Stephanie.
That one is for her mom.
"I know she would be proud," said Stephanie.
You can visit the Seven Sisters Candles website here for more information.