I would ask her for more info about her brother and put the focus on all the things he will now be able to do that he couldn't do before, like travel for instance.
Heck, I liked your original idea! If she didn't have a sense of humor on that then she shouldn't have mentioned the circumstances. I apologize for the negativity of my remark, sorry. How about open handcuffs. Yeah right! She probably won't go for that either. Another little jab that I probably should not have suggested. I do think you should charge her more, get it "charge" okay. I'm no help here! Just a lot of nasty joking remarks. When you finally get the idea down, please share it with us. I'm sure whatever you do will be great!
Hey, a celebration cake with two glasses and a champagne bottle - Cheers, free at last! Or is that too sarcastic too?
I certainly don't want to jeopardize your business! I wish you a lot of luck on this difficult subject!!!
Here's the final product! It's sort of anticlimactic now that it's done! LOL I'm not the best photog in the world but This was the most interesting side. The opposite side has "Then" on the gray lower tier. and "Now" on the cheerful top tier. I used my cricut cake to cut out the gum paste horse back rider. The red is a tent and you can't see the campfire very well in this photo but I hesitated to put it too close to the tent in case he was in jail for arson!! LOL
She did call to cancel the "No more probation - no more Jean" I was thankful of that. All in all, it's not too bad considering what I had to work with :)