Each year, many lives are lost to substance use disorders. To help loved ones cope with the loss, DMHAS, Wheeler Clinic, and other organizations throughout the state are offering opportunities to create Remembrance Quilts in memory of those we have lost to addiction. The quilts are displayed across the state—at schools, community forums and other events—to help raise awareness about addiction and the resources available to promote recovery. Family and friends are encouraged to create a square as a tribute to their loved one for the next Remembrance Quilt.
You don’t have to be an artist or sewing expert to create a moving personal tribute remembering a life lost to substance use disorder, but you do have to make a square in order to add a name to the Remembrance Quilts. It’s not as complicated as many people think. You can use paint or fine needlework, iron-on transfers or hand-made appliques, or even spray paint on a sheet; any remembrance is appropriate. When 36 squares are collected, they are sewn together to form a Remembrance Quilt.
You may choose to create a square privately as a personal memorial or you may choose to follow the traditions of old-fashioned quilting by including friends, family, and co-workers. That choice is completely up to you.