The Remembrance Quilt

Gone But Not Forgotten image of two faces in black and whiteEvery year, approximately 570,000 people die from substance use disorders in the United States. To help their loved ones cope with their loss, DMHAS is working with organizations throughout the state to make a series of Remembrance Quilts in memory of those we have lost to addiction. The quilts will be displayed across the state—at schools, community forums and other events—to help raise awareness about addiction and resources available to help promote recovery. Family, friends and loved ones are encouraged to create a square as a tribute to their loved one to be added to the 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 Quilt. It’s not as complicated as many people think, though. It doesn’t matter if you use paint or fine needlework, iron-on transfers or hand-made appliques, or even spray paint on a sheet; any remembrance is appropriate.
You may choose to create a square privately as a personal memorial or you may choose to follow the traditions of old-fashioned quilting bees by including friends, family, and co-workers. That choice, like virtually everything else involved in making a square, is completely up to you.
If you or someone you know wants help for a substance use disorder, please call 1-800-563-4086 at any time, day or night. Recovery is possible and help is available.
Scheduled Quilting Events
More events coming! Please check back!
Submitting a Square for The Remembrance Quilt
Once a square is completed, there are several ways to submit it to DMHAS, so that it becomes a part of The Remembrance Quilt. You can attend one of DMHAS’s quilting events, mail your square to DMHAS or bring the square to a local Regional Action Council (RAC).
For instructions on creating your square, click here.

Send the completed square and square maker information form to DMHAS at:
Connecticut Clearinghouse
334 Farmington Avenue
Plainville, CT 06062
No matter how you decide to turn in a new square, please be sure to print out the square maker information form, fill it out and include it with the square. 
Remembrance Quilt Launch