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SPONSORED: Celestial Cradles offers infant burial services for small loved ones

June 11, 2012

Photo from Celestial Cradles.
Patti Adams found herself living every mother’s worst fear when she learned her unborn daughter was not going to survive long after birth.

“On July 22, 1988, I found myself being quickly ushered into my OB-GYN's office after what I thought was a routine ultrasound during my seventh month of pregnancy,” Adams said. “I still remember well many of the thoughts that ran through my mind when the doctor shared with us the new developments in the most recent ultrasound: our unborn daughter had serious birth defects that were most likely not compatible with life. “Two weeks later we were dealing with the shock well enough to begin planning our painful future. Because I didn't want to have to make funeral arrangements after she was gone, my husband and I visited the local mortuary to find the answers to so many questions we had. A few short minutes after being seated, we were presented with our choice for a casket. It amounted to nothing more than a cardboard box. I was heartsick.

“Seeing my reaction, my husband drove me to the local lumber store to choose wood for our baby’s casket. Over the next six weeks my husband could be found every evening after work in the garage, working carefully at creating Adriana's ‘cradle.’ It looked like a hope chest—a special place where one would store treasures. It was perfect and beautiful.

“Before leaving for the hospital the morning of Adriana's birth, together my husband and I lined her ‘hope chest.’ Later that evening our daughter was born. She lived eight precious hours. I loved her during those hours as much as I possibly could. I memorized every feature of her face. After she was gone, I entrusted her to the caring nurses.”

Because of her appreciation for the feelings of parents who find themselves in a similar situation, Adams thought what she learned might help other grieving parents who find themselves thrust into a similar situation.

With this desire in mind, she created Celestial Cradles, a family-owned company that provides infant burial cradles, burial clothing, memory books, blankets and keepsake gifts. She also created a not-for-profit website, Infant Loss Support Services, that offers information and help for families who are faced with the loss of a newborn or infant.

Nothing can take away the pain and grief of losing a baby, but finding answers to questions and being assisted through the process can help put parents on the road to healing.

For more information, visit Celestial Cradles and Infant Loss Support Services.

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bayerdis said...

12:54 PM
on Jun 11, 2012

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I wish this would have been available in 1985 when we buried my 26 day old son who had been born with serious birth defects. We were offered basically a styrofoam cooler as a casket unless we were willing to spend several thousands of dollars on a more "appropriate" final resting place. We ended up buying something that was one step up from a cooler. My husband and his dad ended up building a concrete liner for his little grave.

lschnell said...

06:37 PM
on Jun 19, 2012

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I cried when I saw this site. It brought back memories from 1985 when we found out that our daughter was a stillborn. I also wish this had been available. It is nice to see there are choices we can make and support we can get at a difficult time,when we lose a loved one. This was not available in Alberta in 1985. We were completely lost.
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