An overview of Morgan’s Place Cemetery
Before forming you in your womb I knew you, and before your birth I consecrated you…
Every baby was created for a purpose, not born, but created for a divine purpose. For some families, like Nathan and Mollie Verdiers, the divine purpose of their baby Morgan and their triplet Marion was not to live, but to be born in the arms of Christ, so that their family could serve God in the way that he had designed them too. .
Nathan and Mollie Verdier have begun a journey to make remembrance more accessible for those who have experienced the loss of a child during pregnancy. The ground is yet to be laid for Morgan’s Place, but plans are well advanced for this nonprofit cemetery to be located in Shelby County, Ohio.
The cemetery is named after one of their children. Morgan only lived in the womb for a few weeks in 2018. The difficult logistics of Morgan’s burial weren’t the only challenge the couple faced. Obtaining the remains was first, as it is not common practice in hospitals for children under 20 weeks gestation to be released to their parents for burial. The Verdiers had to apply for special permission for this, which they were able to obtain through their doctor’s recommendation. At the turn of the year, in 2019, they lost another child; one of a set of triplets, whom they named Marion. The grieving family has decided to dedicate 2.5 acres of their farmland for the burial of Morgan and Marion, but also to help other families who are suffering similar losses.
After a while, Mollie was able to share her story:
“Grief has consumed me almost every day, everyone in the family is grieving, grandparents and siblings too. Those who come out of hospital with empty arms experience such a unique and It really is a love story, but it takes time to be able to share it. Now I choose to share my love story with my babies, not out of pity, likes or sympathy comments, but because they deserve to be recognized. They are my babies. The image I have in my mind of my beautiful family includes not only my eight children who run, but also the two who fly.”
At Morgan’s Place, children who die before birth, or soon after, would be buried at no cost to the family. In regular cemeteries, plots can range from $500 to $1,000, and some funeral homes (but not all) charge for their services. They have partnered with several local funeral homes in the area to help with cremation and burials at no cost. The only cost at Morgan would be for a grave marker (usually $100-$150) which hopefully can be covered by generous donations.
In this unique cemetery, most of the original 4,160 plots will be the final resting place for children lost to miscarriage or stillbirth, but Morgan’s Place will likely also be a respectful burial place for the aborted children as long as abortion remains legal. It is not yet known what percentage of the plots will be used for this purpose. Much depends on current legislation introduced by the Ohio Senate (SB 27), which would require the abortion industry to conduct a respectful burial or cremation of aborted remains, regardless of their integrity. Of course, ideally we would like abortion to become illegal, but in the meantime, efforts are being made to show dignity to these lost children.
Those in the ministry of post-abortion recovery (for men and women) will certainly welcome Morgan’s Place as a closing opportunity for mothers, fathers, or other relatives of aborted children. It is even possible that some post-abortion parents who experience abortion conversions and grief may one day be able to locate the actual site of their child’s final resting place, thanks to a plot directory that would be generously provided by Cemsites.com. A common practice at post-abortion healing retreats is a symbolic memorial service. Even if a post-abortion parent doesn’t have a child buried in the cemetery, it would be a place of healing and remembrance by placing a nameplate in their honor, or perhaps they could do for another child this that they could not do for theirs. – maintaining a plot or attending a funeral – and thus helping to forgive themselves, which often seems an elusive part of their healing.
It’s a good cause, but establishing a cemetery costs more than expected, as there are regulations to follow, fencing to enclose the property, and foundations laid to eliminate plot compaction. Official fundraising efforts are now underway. Tax-deductible gifts of any size are welcome.