Shortage of Prayer Shawls?

Hello, my lovelies. Do you know about Sussman House? It is the hospice facility at our local hospital here in Rockland, Maine. You probably won’t be surprised that their Facebook page is not really active. You probably won’t be surprised that their PR in general is somewhat quiet and deeply respectful. You see, they oversee the most private experience we humans share. When we die, we go alone. But the waiting can be a beautiful opportunity for intimacy and comfort. 

And do you know about Prayer Shawls?  Simple knitted or crochted shawls mindfully made with love can bring deep comfort to those who are dying and those who wait with them. Such a simple thing, yet it can help people celebrate and grieve at the same time.

Now…did you know that the Sussman House is out of prayer shawls? We have a few regular knitters here at OTR who volunteer at Sussman House and one of them just came in and told me she spoke with the chaplain. They have no shawls to wrap around the folks who are waiting to die and their loved ones. 

Are any of you out there able or willing to, mindfully and with love, knit or crochet a shawl? I’d be happy to host a prayer shawl stitch-in event if you’d like. You can also talk to me about yarn deals I might be willing to make. 

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20 Comments on “Shortage of Prayer Shawls?

  1. I’d be happy to…. do they have any requirements on what types of yarn or patterns.

    • If you follow the link to the Prayer Shawl page, there are pattern and yarn suggestions there. They are only suggestions, though. You can do what you like and it will be a great comfort. Mim

  2. I would be happy to make prayer shawls and would enjoy coming to a stitch-in

    • Thanks, Janet. I’ll look at our schedule and see what I can fix up. I’ll let you know. Mim

  3. I would be willing to knit at least one. Do you have any specific patterns in mind?

    • If you follow the link to the Prayer Shawl page, there are pattern and yarn suggestions there. They are only suggestions, though. You can do what you like and it will be a great comfort. Mim

  4. Hi Mim and all, I would be happy to knit, with love in every stitch, a prayer shawl as long as it is simple and with no ‘hurry up’ deadline (dag-gone holiday knitting). I have had two loved ones die with Hospice so paying back is a happy thing for me to do. A stitch-in would be a welcome way to get started or make progress. I know many shawls are triangular but my idea is to knit a rectangle in the always lovely Feather and Fan pattern. A rectangle would offer more coverage….

    • Simple is fine, Alice. And I don’t think there are any deadlines. Sussman House isn’t going anywhere and I imagine there will always be a need. I’m taking the approach of keep on giving ’til they tell you to stop. Mim

  5. I’d be glad to come in for a stitch in and help knit a shawl… Let me know if you schedule one Mim.

  6. Hi Mim,
    I’d be happy to knit a shawl and come to a knit in!
    Barbara

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