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    To the Bereavement Quilt Group

    To all you wonderful quilters,

    When you began this group, it brought tears to my eyes. You see, a year and a half ago, my first granddaughter was stillborn. I remember thinking how I wished someone had made a bereavement quilt for my daughter.

    It turns out, someone did. Last night, my daughter told me that when Lily was stillborn, the hospital gave her a beautiful flowered quilt to wrap her in. It was so beautiful, my daughter told me, that they chose to have her buried in it, knowing they were sending her to the grave wrapped in warm loveliness. She said it meant so much to them.

    The hospital explained that a volunteer made the quilt. I wish you all could have heard my daughter talk about it so that you could see the face of a young mother and what comfort that quilt brought to her.

    Thank you all for volunteering your time, talent, and treasure for this wonderful service project. Just knowing that little Lily is wrapped in such a quilt is a deep comfort to me.
    Last edited by GuitarGramma; February 2, 2014, 10:48 AM.
    Toni ... If I keep sewing long enough, will they make their own dinner?

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    That's beautiful. Hugs.
    Hugs,
    Joanne

    There are no mistakes, only happy accidents. - Bob Ross

    A girl needs to surround herself with TONS of happiness.
    Happiness = fabric!:icon_woohoo:

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      #3
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      Beautiful; brought tears to my eyes.
      Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
      Maya Angelou

      ~Megan~

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        #4
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        Beautiful.... I have helped at a friend's grandchildren's still birth. Thank you for your story and giving me an idea to talk to our local hospital.

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          #5
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          I don't know that anyone in our Tiny Stitches group has made a bereavement quilt, but several members crochet beautiful lace blankets for burials. My first great-grandchild was stillborn and the gifts from people who didn't know the family but wanted to comfort meant a great deal to my granddaughter.

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            #6
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            As a grandmother that has lost 2 grandsons, one still born, one that lived for a few hours, I completely understand the importance of doing this. I so wish my DSD would have had something like this to wrap her sons in. I remember how it felt to hold his tiny body in one hand. It would have been lovely to have one of these to wrap him in. I pray that these blankets and quilts can help, in the smallest of ways for the parents that go through this. Having been there with them, I know this is not easy. I am glad to be able to contribute in some small way, to give these babies love in a quilt.
            Blankets wrap you in warmth, quilts wrap you in love

            Marilyn......
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              #7
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              This all came up yesterday in the context of, "What are you going to do with all these quilts when you finish them, Mom?" She then went on to tell me about Lily's quilt and how much it meant to her. It was quite a motivator to join the M* Bereavement group. I have to crawl out from under my overwhelming pile of UFOs, but helping bereaved mothers has certainly moved up on my priority list.
              Toni ... If I keep sewing long enough, will they make their own dinner?

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                #8
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                Toni, thanks for sharing your daughter's story. I know this comes with personal pain that I witnessed at a very young age.
                Back then, we were just expected to carry on, as if nothing ever happened...

                Funny how unresolved stuff from many years ago, comes back around, tenfold.

                I have seen enough grief over my nursing career to know we all can make a small difference.
                Be it my group, or a contribution to your own local hospital.

                Nobody wants to think about this stuff, but it's a sad reality of life....
                THANKS to all who have participated. It's going to provide a precious memory, for a parent experiencing a loss, for many years to come.
                I really need to get off the exclamation point.
                It may give people the idea that I'm bright and cheerful all the time....

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                  #9
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                  This is why I joined this group. As a retired paramedic, I have seen this heartbreak firsthand, and am still left numb with the memories...
                  Quilts may come, and quilts may go, but the stitches stay the same.:icon_hi:

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                    #10
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                    Before reading about them here, I never knew such a thing existed. It really touches my heart. I am just not able to commit to such a project right now, but at some point I would really like to. I know some beautifully talented folks here who would be willing to help, and my BIL is a funeral director who handled our mutual great-niece and great-nephew when they were stillborn. I will ask him if he's heard of such a thing; in addition, one of the best seamstresses I know (she made my DIL's wedding dress) is a nurse at the local hospital; she could find out whether there is a program for these where she works.

                    Many blessings to you all who are doing so much for those in need.
                    Hugs, ~ Sally \0/

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