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Thread: End Of Life Quilt

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    Member Barb130's Avatar
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    Has anyone heard of this? A friend was told about this from a Chaplin at the hospital. The donated quilt goes to a terminally ill patient in their last days. After the person passes, the quilt is given to the family. I think this is such a wonderful idea.
    I had never heard of this till yesterday.
    I donate quilts to Project Linus. Now I also donate to this cause.

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    i have never heard it called that. but people do donate quilts to hospice. great idea!

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    Yes, I've heard of this, and you could check with your local hospitals or hospices, and they will guide you. I make Project Linus blankets. When my Dad was dying, I spent the nights on a cot in the hospital. I was making a no sew tied fleece blanket for PL. I'd lay it across his bed and he would watch me. Dad died three years ago, and I was never able to donate that blanket. I gave it to my granddaughter, who sleeps with her "Grampie Blanket" every night.

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    What a neat idea. We have a hospice home in our area and I bet they would like quilts. I will have to suggest this as a project for our Helping Hands committee at church.

    Carol J.

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    That's a wonderful idea.

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    I have never heard of that but I will check it out.

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    I have given over 20 quilts the last 5 years that went to terminally ill or very ill people. Some were dialysis patients, just elderly or very ill. When they passed on the family kept the quilt. The most memorable was just last year. My boss has a college friend that has been struggling with cancer. By the time I finished it was evident she would not survive but she loved taking her quilt for chemo. When she died I assumed her husband kept or donated the quilt. About 3 months later my favorite client walked in, hugged me and starting crying as she told me about the quilt I made her daughter and how she cherished it so much since her daughter had passed away. All that time I had no idea she was the woman's mom. It was amazing to see how much that quilt meant to the family left behind.

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    I did something like this for my husband. I made a signature quilt for him to take to chemo treatments because he got so cold. All his friends and family signed it, some wrote little messages to him. It reminded him of all the people who loved him. But sadly with mesothelioma there is no cure and he passed away. I did not keep the quilt, it went with him to continue to keep him warm and keep his friends with him.

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    YES!!! They're called Passage Quilts. You must be talking about St. Vincents. It is a wonderful, wonderful program. If you would like, you can join the quilters once a month (I think it's the third Saturday) and I highly recommend going to the supply room and reading all the thank-you notes from the families. After reading just a few, you will want to do nothing BUT make quilts for the program.

    They go through 40 quilts a month. I have a nurse friend who owns 2 longarms - she quilts around 30 quilts a month for this program.

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    My Aunt did one for my Grandmother. I got it a week or so before she passed, but it never stayed at the nursing home, I was afraid that it would be stolen, like everything else she had there.

    It's on my bed now and it has an inscription about what a great Mother-in-law she was and dated.

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