AFSP Lifekeeper Memory Quilts are collaborative tributes created by survivors of suicide loss that are publicly displayed at local and national events in order to put a human face on the tragedy of suicide and the devastating toll it has taken on our families and communities.
Each quilt is comprised of fabric squares that have been crafted by different survivors with photos, drawings, text, or embroidery in memory of loved ones who have taken their lives. The creation of quilts is locally organized by volunteers who sign up to serve as AFSP Lifekeeper Memory Quilt Organizers. This grassroots activity provides a meaningful and creative outlet for survivors, and as each square of the quilt is lovingly stitched together with others, we are reminded that no survivor stands alone—there are thousands of others who also feel the pain and loneliness of losing a loved one to suicide.
Each time an AFSP Lifekeeper Memory Quilt is displayed, it helps increase public awareness of suicide and removes a little more of the stigma that is unfortunately still associated with this issue.
Share your story and honor the memory of your loved one by crafting a quilt square for an AFSP Lifekeeper Memory Quilt. It's easy to do—no sewing skills are needed.
Click here to contact the Memory Quilt Organizer nearest you.
In Florida Southeast, our Memory Quilt program is a wonderful way to help you express the pain of losing a loved one to suicide without speaking a word. It provides a visual representation of the staggering losses we suffer as a result of suicide. We are accepting requests for space in our third quilt now and you can use the form made available on this site.
The quilts that we design will be used throughout the year. They are displayed at all of our local Out of the Darkness Walk events, AFSP's Advocacy Forum in Washington DC, at our Florida Southeast Chapter fundraising events, International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Conference, and educational events.
We are very fortunate to have Judy Roberts dedicating her time and creativity to helping us create this quilt. Judy has been quilting for over 25 years and created the magnificent Palm Beach County quilt in 2010.
To have a block on the quilt, please send a favorite picture of your loved one, their name, birth and death date, any artwork, poem or personal message that you would like to include. The average block size is 12 x 12”. The picture size should be at least 4 x 6” or larger, color or black and white.
The suggested donation for making your block is $25.00, made out to AFSP. Use the Memory Quilt Order form and mail instructions and pictures to AFSP FLSE, 6526 S Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34997 or email to Sue Willis at email@example.com. To insure that your picture will be returned to you intact, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.