Local quilters made "cot quilts" for use by local funeral home


March 6, 2024

The Community Quilters from the American Lutheran Church in Chinook pose with three of the four cot quilts they recently completed for Wilderness Funeral Homes in Chinook and Malta. (l) Mildred Dawson poses with one of two patriotic themed quilts (c) Bonnie Hellman holds one of two "gender neutral" cot quilts and (r) Terry Grabofsky holds the second patriotic themed cot quilt.

A chance reading of a "Facebook" post launched a project back in October that was finally completed in early February. Bonnie Hellman, with the Community Quilters at the American Lutheran Church in Chinook, saw the random post by a quilter who was making "cot quilts." Bonnie learned a cot quilt is a special covering for a corpse being removed on a funeral cot from the site of a death. The cot is a gurney-like piece of equipment that evolved over the years for removing a body from where a death occurred. The cots are narrow and maneuverable to access sometimes difficult places to reach a body....

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