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.
Montana currently has one complete Lifekeeper Memory Quilt. We are in the process of making additional quilts. If you have a square you would like added, please contact one of our chapter quilt coordinators.
Quilt squares are easy for anyone to create, no need for quilting experience. You can find the square guidelines here:
Would you like to see AFSP Montana's Lifekeeper Memory Quilt? Our quilt will be on display on the following dates:
Gallatin Mental Health Center
699 Farmhouse Lane
Bozeman, MT 59715
AFSP also has a Digital Memory Quilt. If you would rather honor the memory of your loved one online, you can do so here: The Quilt. The Digital Memory Quilt provides an online space for sharing stories, words, photos, video, and audio to honor loved ones lost to suicide.