Winnipeg Alternative Funeral Home Creates Dignity Quilt To Help Soften The Harshness Of Death

By: Ashely Newton
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Winnipeg Canada - Alterna Cremation, a new alternative funeral provider based in Winnipeg Canada, is pleased to announce their latest project, a handmade dignity quilt. One of the most frequent calls that Alterna Cremation receives is to attend a nursing home, to collect the body of someone who has recently passed.

Apart from the pain and sorrow caused by the death of a friend or loved one, the sight of a mortuary cot and body bag can cause fear and distress amongst the other residents of the facility. Ashley Newton, owner operator of Alterna Cremation, wanted find some way to at least soften the harsh reality of the situation. Ashley approached her mother in law Leone, who is a quilter extraordinaire. Having appreciated the comfort that a handmade quilt offers, Ashley thought of a dignity quilt. She asked her mum if she could create one and with a lot of love, thought and dedication, the Alterna Cremation dignity quilt was created.

“When we take a loved one into our care, we have to use a removal cot, and anyone who has seen the zippered pouch will inevitably know what it contains,” said Ashley Newton, the owner and founder of Alterna Cremation. “Although I would never claim to be able to remove the pain and upset that seeing the zippered pouch can bring, my idea was to place the dignity quilt over the pouch. In my opinion, homemade quilts are very comforting, and I felt that this, although a small thing would perhaps soften the harshness of death for those left behind.”

Alterna Cremation is a locally owned and operated alternative funeral home. Alterna Cremation stands out from the crowd due to being owned and operated by a lady, in a traditionally male orientated business. The company adds lots of small but innovative touches to try to ensure that the family members are supported at such a painful time. For more information about the company and the various services that they provide, visit their website at https://alternacremation.ca/

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