Morgan’s Place ready to help grieving families – Peak of Ohio

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This week on our In Sync show, we caught up with Mollie Verdier. Mollie and her husband, Nathan, started Morgan’s Place.

Morgan’s Place is a non-profit cemetery located in Shelby County.

The idea was born after Mollie and Nathan lost a child, in the womb, in 2018. The grieving couple found the experience extremely difficult, not just emotionally.

It was a challenge for them to simply collect their child’s remains from the hospital as it is not common practice in hospitals for children under 20 weeks gestation to be handed over to their parents for burial. . The Verdiers had to ask for special authorization for this, which they were able to obtain thanks to the intervention of their doctor. Legislation since 2018 has made this easier for parents.

After another experience in 2019 where Mollie lost one of her triplets in the womb, the family decided to dedicate 2.5 acres of their family farm to bury their lost babies and to help other families who are going through a similar loss.

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.

MMost of the initial 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 aborted children as long as the Abortion will remain legal. It is not yet known what percentage of the plots will be used for this purpose. It all hinges on current legislation introduced by the Ohio Senate (SB 27) that would require the abortion industry to conduct a respectful burial or cremation of aborted remains, regardless of their integrity. Of course, ideally they would like abortion to become illegal, but in the meantime there is an effort to show dignity to these lost children.

Morgan’s Place will be more than a cemetery. They will offer other services free of charge. These services include liaison with the funeral home, funeral planning, holding a service at the Chapel of Saint Philomena, designing and placing headstones, bereavement support, and post-abortion healing.

The family has all the necessary papers and permits to operate Morgan’s Place.

Morgan’s Place is located at 1254 St. Rt. 589, Sydney. It’s only about 10 minutes from the Logan County line.

Morgan’s Place is due to open in October and will be available to anyone who needs their help.

If you are interested in donating to Morgan’s Place, you can attend a fundraiser being held on Saturday, October 29 at the Winner Harvest Barn on State Route 47 (located outside of DeGraff). Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. with the Soul’d Out band starting at 7:00 p.m. A quilt auction will follow the group. Tickets are $25.

To learn more about Morgan’s Place, visit their website at morgansplacecemetery.org

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