After the death of a loved one, people
come to visit, drop off chicken and casseroles, and politely give their
condolences. It is often after this time that the silence and emptiness sets
in. For one member of Quilters Club of America, her saving grace was the
members of this community. Stitch by stitch and chat after chat, she filled a
hole left by the deaths of her husband and daughter.
lost my husband in November 2008, unexpectedly from an aneurism, and my
daughter the following February from cancer which had been diagnosed a year and
a half prior to her death. In August of 2009 I decided to join QCA as a
distraction and to get back to quilting, which I had stopped doing for those
years my daughter was ill.
I got back to quilting and joining in on the threads nearly seven months after
my daughter’s death, but in the mean time, I got onto QCA every day and read
posts for hours on end getting to know the members.
little at a time, I felt comfortable with posting and telling my sad story.
Right away, the members lifted my spirits and had me joining the swaps and
morning after breakfast, I'd be sitting in front of my computer socializing
with those wonderful people I call my family now. We shared, we prayed, we
lifted spirits, we laughed and also did a little quilting (lol). Slowly
but surely they got me out of that dark hole of depression. QCA also
caused me to get together with a dear member in my home state who has since
passed. I would never have had the honor to meet her without QCA. I get together
with another very cherished member from Maine a few times a year. I've
also had the jot to be on one quilt retreat with many of the girls I have
become close to in the message boards.
Tragedies happen, lives are lost, and
light can be found again. This member’s touching story is an example of how a
community of quilters saved her.
If you feel inspired, please share your story with me, QCA Rachel.