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Thread: Quilts instead of flowers at funeral home

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    I went to pay my respects to the family of a friend who had just passed away. I was surprised to see 3 blankets and a quilt. All three were hand gathered at the top with a color coordinated bow. They were all displayed on stands so that they flowed and pooled on the floor so they could be seen well. One blanket had the Lord's Prayer woven into it; another had the 23rd Psalm. All three had a florist's card with the name of the donor. The florist's card on the quilt also had a handwritten message, "Please reserve for Ed and Cheryl". (One of the deceased's children and spouse.) I have never seen this before but it must happen regularly for the funeral home to have the stands ready. Has anyone else experienced this?

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    When my Mom passed, we displayed 4 quilts at he viewing and at the funeral that that she had made. It was a beautiful tribute to her.

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    So much better than flowers- they just get thrown away!

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    That's something I have never seen. Sounds much better than flowers.

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    I agree...much better than flowers. My sister and her husband were presented with a Home of the Brave quilt after their son was killed in a car accident. The committee felt that since he had served a 17 month tour in Iraq that he still deserved the honor of recieveing one. My sister treasures that quilt and when she misses hhim, she wraps up in it. It's like a warm hug from him. Quilts can be a great comfort for so much longer than flowers can be.

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    I've saw these at all kinds of funerals around here. Its the "thing" to do. They are usually embroidered with the deceased's name, etc.

    I think it's a wonderful idea. A very special item for the close family, etc. to have to remember their loved one instead of flowers.

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    The Lakota Sioux send their loved ones on their journey with a Lakota Star quilt (most people call it a lone star quilt). Along with a quilt, some food and drink and a few of their personal belongings. This is to help them on the journey back home to our ancestors.

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    yes, i have, for five years i was a casket embroider, and i did everything from prayers, poems boats to dogs and back again. i would put anything you wanted inthe casket and on the overlay, it is very common nowadays, especially here on Long Island, some caskets come w/ emb already in them, some buy from florists.

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    When Mom passed we Hung several of her Quilts and Brought out her tredle many were made on, w/photos and flowers, was a nice way to celebrate how she enjoyed downtime.
    Not sure it wouldn't be cool if when a person passes, give family photos of quilts, or offering to loan back to the family for use at the services, would be a nice tribute. Since in reading many previous posts so many are given away :)

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    Wow, what a neat idea. I have never heard of the quilts for funerals either, but I think it is great. I love quilts and would love to give and get them both. It is such a warm and loving feeling when I even see a new quilt, or an old one...lol. I made my mother a blanket of fleece for Mother's day in 2005 and she used it all the time. My sister, her caregiver, gave it back to me when she passed in April this year 2010. When I first got it I wrapped up in it in the evenings as it made me feel closer to her. I am so glad I got it back.

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