Located on a tranquil hillside outside of Elizabeth our memorial bench is for those who have experienced the loss of a baby before full term. The lives of our little ones are especially sacred and with each death special care is taken to recognize that fact.
When a family comes into the hospital and loses their baby before full term, we give them options for what they would like to do next. One, of course, is to make arrangements through a funeral home of their choice. Another is to care for the baby themselves through the Tri-County Health Department. And finally we offer what is called "Hospital Disposition," where we take care of arrangements for them.
The third option is how we use the memorial bench. An agreement with a local funeral home utilizes their cremation facilities and they have arranged with the Our Lady of the Visitation Cemetery to care for the remains and place them under the bench. With every placement there is a special ceremony acknowledging the sacredness of each child.
If you have any questions about this ministry or the cemetery please call Gary Craven at 303-646-9195. See a map to the cemetery.