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| 185 Afterword } In mid-September 2012, Betty MacDowell was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and within two weeks she was transferred to a hospital hospice room. There, surrounded by her husband , children, and close family, she was covered in two family quilts—one made by her maternal grandmother as a present for her wedding and the other pieced by her great-grandmother , quilted by her grandmother, and bound by her mother.1 In her final hours of life, these precious textiles must have surely and silently given her both physical warmth and spiritual comfort. Those who stood around her felt the presence, through quilts, of those who went before her. Notes 1. Similar stories are told about the laying of quilts on dying patients. For example, see “Companion Quilt,” Oregon Health and Science University, Center for Ethics, http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education /continuing-education/center-for-ethics/ethics-outreach/outreach-programs/quilt.cfm. This site includes information on making companion quilts for a formalized program at the OHSU Hospital. Figure 2.14. Whatever It Takes: An Ovarian Cancer Diary. ...


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