A friend of mine, who lost her son a few years ago, posted information about a ministry called the Child Casket Fund. Trappist Monks of New Melleray Abbey hand make wooden caskets as a corporal act of mercy and offer them as gifts to families who may not otherwise be able to afford one.
There are both infant and toddler caskets available as well as ones for children, youth and adults. It makes me sad just thinking that small size caskets are even available, but as some of you are well aware, the little ones are needed too.
After the loss of a child, there are many logistical things to consider which seems very cruel and unfair to have to think about when you are grieving – especially if the death is sudden and unexpected. Maybe knowing that your child’s final resting cradle has been embraced with a lot of love and surrounded by prayers, may offer a little bit of comfort in this time of intense suffering.
The monks also plant a tree seedling for each child and a Mass is celebrated in your little one’s name. What a wonderful way to honour the life of a child gone-too-soon.