HIGHLAND, Ill. (WCIA) — One woman is using the tragic loss of her husband to comfort others who are grieving.

Sarah Deathridge Steel became a young widow six years ago when her husband–who was a state trooper–was killed by a tractor on the highway. After he died, her brother gave her a hand-made wooden box to put her husband’s things inside. She keeps his everyday items inside–his photos and wedding ring–among other items.

She and her new husband are now making boxes and care packages to help others who are grieving. “It’s not been easy by any means. I don’t want to make it look easy because it’s not but the best I can do is try to pay it forward and make something positive out of something that has been really hard for us,” said Steel. A portion of the proceeds goes to families of fallen military or law enforcement officers.