Here we rest. The hands not held, the silenced cries, the dreams unfulfilled. Though our lives were brief, love eternal is given us not for great deeds or the number of our days, but just by being. We were here. Living creatures. Children. We were a part of this world and dwell now in the hearts of those we left behind. For our mothers, fathers and families who must hold hope within and walk through this life without us; we ask for peace, comfort and strength. Here we rest, together, and peacefully wait for a reunion beyond pain, fear and doubt in the world that is to come. –The Children of the Angel Garden
The Angel Garden is a new project of the Cookeville Regional Charitable Foundation. Above is the prototype headstone design and epitaph. Children interred at the Angel Garden will include those who do not come to full-term and pass away at the hospital. I believe these children are more than “products of conception”. These children, though short-lived, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. With your help, the Angel Garden will become the final resting place for infants who pass away due to natural causes or medical complication in the early, un-born stages of life. It will also be a place of rest available for infants born with a terminal condition, and for infants who pass away early in life.
You can help. A gift of $125 will enable the Foundation to properly honor and bury one infant who passes away too early. A gift of $800 will sponsor all burials for one year. The proposed permanent communal headstone and flanking cherubs will cost an estimated $10,000. Any gift you can provide will help us move toward our goal of creating a compassionate, honorable space for these children to rest and for families to mourn.
Click here to donate now, or please make checks out to CRMC Foundation, and send to: CRMC Foundation, 1 Medical Center Blvd, Cookeville TN 38501. Please note “Angel Garden” on the check.
Together, we can create a dignified place for families to grieve, and honor the brief lives of these beautiful children. Gratefully, John Bell