The Church of the Holy Innocents in New York City has a beautiful shrine dedicated to children who died unborn that I hope to visit one day. You can click the link in the menu at the left of their page to take you to pictures of the shrine and of the Book of Life:
Often children who have died before birth have no grave or headstone, and sometimes not even a name. At The Church of The Holy Innocents, we invite you to name your child(ren) and to have the opportunity to have your baby’s name inscribed in our “BOOK OF LIFE”.
Here, a candle is always lit in their memory. All day long people stop to pray. On the first Monday of every month, our 12:15pm Mass is celebrated in honor of these children and for the comfort of their families.
We pray that you will find peace in knowing that your child(ren) will be remembered at the Shrine and honored by all who pray here.
I submitted the following to be entered into the Book:
Name: Francis Bettinelli
Francis/Frances miscarried on February 25 2007 at 11 weeks.
Some time during the night, I woke up and the cramping was getting worse. Expecting a miscarriage, I put my hand on my belly and asked the Lord to grant baptism to the child in my womb and, not knowing if I was carrying a girl or a boy, chose the name Francis/Frances.
May my baby be cradled in the loving arms of Mary, the mother of us all.
We hope to meet face to face in heaven one day.
God grant rest to all these innocent children who have died before birth and consolation to all parents who have experienced this loss.
Melanie and Domenico Bettinelli
Link thanks to Leticia at cause of our joy who posts a picture of her girls (one of whom is also an Isabella!) praying at the shrine where their three brothers are memorialized and a beautiful reflection on her own miscarriages.
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