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.
The Louisville Metro Chapter is now in the process of putting together our third quilt. We have constructed these quilts to honor the memory of our loved ones that we will never forget and to remind us that we are not alone. By displaying our quilts we are raising awareness and helping to erase the stigma of suicide. We display our quilts at local and national conferences, health fairs, walks and all events sponsored by our chapter. Anyone interested in adding a square to one of our Lifekeeper Quilts please contact Vince Gottbrath at [email protected]