Holy Cross Cemetery dedicated its new Miscarriage Memorial Garden today.
Families who lost babies were in attendance for the blessing and dedication. Burials of miscarried and stillborn babies will be held three times a year. There will be no fee charged for the burial and just a nominal fee for a stone inscription.
“It’s really in the tradition of the Catholic Church to honor life at the moment of conception and even if that life does not get born, it’s fully considered a human life and we want to honor that. It’s been a great response and people have been really touched by this effort,” said Neil Newcomb, Sexton at Holy Cross Cemetery.
A candle lighting ceremony was held at the end to remember all of the children. When completed, the memorial will have a large white cross, benches, a variety of flowers in the garden, and delicate trees. A tribute statue is also in the works, called “Rachel’s Garden.” It’s to mourn the loss of innocence.
Find out more about the Holy Cross Cemetery donation drive by contacting Neil Newcomb at 906-225-0191 or Edie Newcomb at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Donations for “Rachel’s Garden” can be sent to Holy Cross Cemetery, 1400 Wright Street, Marquette, MI 49855.