I made a shawl for my husband's nana. I called it a comfort shawl b/c she's not dying. I just wanted her to have something to wrap around her shoulders when she felt like she needs comforting (her husband died many years ago).
I explained to her that it is a prayer shawl, but since she isn't sick or dying we'd just call it a comfort shawl. For those days she really needs some comfort. She could wrap this shawl around her shoulders and feel like she's being hugged/comforted!