Jeremiah 1:5 says “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you before you were born I dedicated you.”
This powerful verse acknowledges God’s hand in creating all life. St John’s Respect Life group, formed our committee to plan a memorial for children lost while still in the womb… children we were never able to hold in our arms as well as those held for too short a time.
There are many parents who have lost a child before they were born. If you have not personally experienced that, we are guessing you know someone who has. Loved ones still mourn their loss even though these children may not have been named or have a physical resting place. This is no fault of the parents as there is rarely any guidance in these situations. We feel the memorial should be much more than a monument to look at. It should be a place for family and loved ones to visit, to mourn, to remember… A place for everyone to be able to pray for all children lost too soon. Therefore, our plan includes a rock garden along with plants and trees surrounding a monument. Stones with a flat surface would be made available for family members to take and place in the rock garden to remember their child(ren). The parents could have it engraved or decorate as they wish and return it to the garden. We believe that all God’s children are with Jesus in heaven, but our hope is to provide an avenue to name the child as well as a place of healing for the loved ones still here on earth.
Our plan also includes updating the Mary garden, adding a rosary walking path around the Mary garden, and installing an arbor at the entry to the gardens. Detailed sketches of the garden plans can also be seen in the entryway of the church. PLEASE SEE THE DONATION FORM FOR WAYS TO HELP WITH THIS PROJECT. There is also a link for Online Giving below.
If you have questions, please call Chris Oberreuter at 515-707-0444, Jeanne O’Connor at 515-343-7208, or any committee member listed on the donation form. Our sincerest thanks for considering our request!
Many blessings, The Respect Life Committee
Read Kara Storey's reflections on loss and healing HERE.