The tenth Mercy Hospice Quilt was recently unveiled by designer and quilter Sue Tappe in a ceremony attended by family members, friends, and Mercy associates. The quilt entitled “Midwestern Hospice Butterfly,” was designed to convey the message of nature’s beauty.
The Hospice Quilt annually lists those individuals who have passed away and had been touched, in any way, by the support and services provided by Mercy Hospice care providers. The quilts have been a healing experience for the families, who are encouraged to touch the name of their loved ones stitched in the quilt. With each quilt, Tappe writes the story of why the colors, designs, and patterns were chosen and how they relate to life’s journey.
According to Tappe, this year the quilt features an outdoor scene with butterflies, flowers, and ponds. Tappe writes, “If this year’s Mercy Hospice quilt could tell its story, it would probably go something like this: ‘I come to you to offer peace and simplicity as one of God’s beautiful creatures. A butterfly has the freedom to flitter from one flower to another, from one tree to another, from one pond to another, from one fencepost to another, to enjoy what God has provided to all His creation.”
Tappe continues, “A butterfly symbolizes acceptance to each new phase in life. We know that life goes on and memories grow strong, but sometimes we wonder how we are going to be able to continue without life as we have known it. We just have to grieve for our loved ones and trust in the Lord to see us through this difficult time. Family and friends become our stronghold and we should try to remember to tell them that we love them.”
Tappe began making and donating the quilts after her husband passed away in 2002. Referring to the Mercy Hospice care team, Tappe said, “We also want to thank all the members of the Mercy Hospice team for their special devotion, time and talents to make this journey a little more bearable.”
The Mercy Hospice Quilt is on display at the North Campus in the visitor hallway on the first floor. Sue Tappe, designer and maker of the Mercy Hospice Quilts, unveiled the newest quilt at a ceremony held recently. This is the tenth quilt donated by Tappe, who has been making the quilts since 2002.