Memorial Garden for the Unborn

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.  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.

Please Come Visit Us!

St. John’s would like to invite you and anyone you know who may benefit from a visit to our Memorial Garden for the Unborn.  St John’s Respect Life committee had a vision for 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.  A sincere thank you to all who have helped with making this vision become a reality.  This could not have been completed without the help of many, and it is obvious God’s hand has been in this project from the beginning.


The garden is located to the north of the church behind the parking lot and just to the north of the Mary Garden.  A rosary walking path has been added around the Mary garden, and an arbor was placed at the entry to the gardens.  We hope that all will take advantage of these beautiful gardens.  The memorial is much more than a monument to look at. It is 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.

Stones for the Memorial Garden for the Unborn

The memorial garden has an area to place memorial stones for remembering individual souls.  Family members are invited to choose a stone from a box that has been placed in the garden for this purpose, paint it or engrave it with a name, and return it to place in the memorial garden to remember their child(ren).

Painting and Engraving Options

(informational sheets on painting and engraving options are also included in the box from which a stone may be selected)

Painting Options

The parish office has available paint markers and permanent markers that you may borrow for writing names on the stones.

Engraving Options

Winterset Monument Company (not Des Moines-Winterset), 723 E. Green St., Winterset

Contact:  Kepler

Office:  (515) 462-4812


Russell's Trophies and Engraving, 8515 Douglas Ave, Suite 31, Urbandale

Contact:  Mike

Office:  (515) 727-9333  Cell:  (515) 771-6294

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.

Many Blessings

If you have questions, please call the parish office.  We truly hope you will enjoy the gardens of St. John’s.

Many blessings, St. John’s Respect Life Committee

In Remembrance

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