State Lifekeeper Quilt
MASP started organizing a statewide suicide memorial or "lifekeeper" quilt in 2007. Twenty-seven survivors each decorated a 12" x 12" square to honor their loved ones. Ruth Umfleet, the mother of our former Survivor Chair Glenda Everett-Sznoluch, lovingly assembled the squares into a beautiful and impactful piece of art shortly before her own death from natural causes. On March 28, 2009, the quilt was unveiled to participating families in a private dedication ceremony held at the Michigan Library and Historical Center in Lansing, Michigan. Two poems were also read.
The quilt is publicly displayed at events promoting suicide prevention around our state and beyond. It serves as a visual reminder to us all that suicide touches real people every single day, people who were much more than the steps they eventually took to end their pain.
Anonymous Quilt Dedication Poem #1
Some one asked me about you today;
It's been so long since anyone has done that.
It felt so good to talk about you,
To share my memories of you.
To simply say your name out loud.
She asked me if I minded talking about what happened to you ...
Or would it be too painful to speak of it?
I told her I think of it every day
And speaking about it helps me release,
The tormented thoughts whirling around in my head.
She said never realized the pain would last this long.
She apologized for not asking sooner.
I told her, "Thanks for asking."
I don't know if it was curiosity or concern that made her ask,
But told her, "Please do it again sometime soon."
"When Tomorrow Starts Without Me"
Anonymous Quilt Dedication Poem #2