Annual Remembrance Garden Prayer Service
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery
2501 Troy Rd. (Rte. 7) Niskayuna, NY 12309
Capital Region families gathered on May 16th, 2019 for a special prayer service to honor the memory of babies who were born into the arms of angels; daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Mass was celebrated by Rev. O. Robert DeMartinis in the Mary Immaculate, Patroness of America mausoleum chapel.
This year we were honored to have Maureen L. Walsh, Ph.D., a Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri attend the service as part of her research for a book she is writing “Ritual and Re-narration: Commemorating Pregnancy Loss in American Catholicism and Japanese Buddhism”. Ms. Walsh discovered the Remembrance Garden and Prayer Service and wrote to us about attending. “Based on what I’ve come across in my research in places like Chicago, Santa Cruz, CA, Kansas City, and among others, your memorial is part of a new and growing movement within the Catholic church to find ways to commemorate prenatal and neonatal losses, especially those deaths that otherwise may have been ignored or overlooked in the past.”
Some of the families who attended spoke to Ms. Walsh about their own experiences and what the Remembrance Garden Service means to them.
We will post information about the book’s release within the next few years, and look forward to reading it!
Dedicated in 2013, the Remembrance Garden is a memorial for those who have experienced the devastating loss of a baby, whether it was years ago or a more recent loss. It has blossomed into a place of peaceful reflection for families who have experienced a miscarriage or the death of a baby, either before it was born or shortly after birth. It is a space to meditate; a place where the existence of a baby is affirmed even if the baby was never acknowledged. This garden of healing is where families can openly grieve the loss of their child, and mourn their shattered hopes and dreams. It is a place to memorialize a life that ended far too soon, and is intended to bring comfort to those whose empty arms bring such heartache.
The contemplative setting by the water, where families can gaze upon the garden or the beautiful bronze statue of Rachel mourning, is the perfect setting for the Remembrance Garden service held each spring around Mother’s Day. In inclement weather, the service is held in the new Adirondack themed mausoleum chapel, Mary Immaculate, Patroness of America; in front of a breathtaking 16’ x 18’ stained glass window depicting the Tree of Life with the Risen Christ.
“Our babies lived. Our babies were loved. We had hopes and dreams shattered. We cannot forget.” Lori Biskup, Albany Diocesan Cemeteries Associate Director.
If you, a family member, or someone you know has suffered the loss of a child, we hope you will consider attending our annual service and/or sharing information on our Remembrance Garden and annual Prayer Service.
For further information, please contact 518-374-5319 or [email protected].