This living blanket allows the perpetual sharing of warmth and signs of being alive. Could there be a way that we feel closer to what being alive means for smaller organisms while we confront our own giving up of death? For hospice patients, the growth gives meaning to the passing of time. The bacterial blankets can be kept alive in their exact state with refrigeration after the death of the patient as a way for the family to memorialize the process. The blanket still exists, but doesn't grow, like memory.