Baystate Children’s Hospital patients remembered through memorial quilts

Nearly 20 years ago parents began creating memorial quilts

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Visitors shared a soulful remembrance Saturday, honoring young patients who died at Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield.

Nearly 20 years ago parents began creating memorial quilts with their deeply personal messages, and they’ve multiplied over the years.

Now they’re exhibited once a year, so that visitors can observe the deeply personal sentiments contained in these carefully crafted quilts of remembrance. Among the visitors to this heartfelt exhibit are parents of the children being remembered.

Jessica Teece of Westfield told 22News, “I lost my son last year, we came here to see the quilt that they had made. We put his name up, the little fish on the quilt to see what it looks like.”

Mary Baker of Chicopee told 22News, “We’ve been coming since they’ve been doing the quilts. Our first loss was in 1996, five altogether. So, we have many different quilts here. For other families also.”

Saturday’s memorial quilt exhibition was preceded in April by a service of remembrance for family members and their friends to remember and to pay tribute to their children.