The Church understands that burying the dead is one of the corporal works of mercy (CCC 2447). The Church also affirms, “As regards children who have died without Baptism, the Church can only entrust them to the mercy of God, as she does in her funeral rites” (CCC 1261).
Miscarried and stillborn babies are children who have died without Baptism. This may also be the case with children who die soon after birth. Please know that you have a right to bury your miscarried child like any other family member. You also have a right to a Funeral or Memorial Mass for your child, no matter how early you miscarried, and even if you do not have bodily remains.
Please speak to your local parish and priest about your options. Not only is this a vital corporal work of mercy, but the opportunity to seek healing in our Lord is invaluable.
Burial, Cremation, and Funeral Homes Resource Sheet
Gallery of Photos of Cemeteries, Columbaria, and Memorials
CASKETS, VESSELS, AND URNS
The Respect Life Apostolate now has caskets available for miscarriage losses specifically, at no cost to families. Please contact us if you are in need of one.
Caskets for miscarried children can also be purchased from Heaven's Gain and Elizabeth Ministry.
SPECIFIC TO STILLBIRTH LOSSES
Trappist Caskets for Infants are handmade wooden caskets available at no cost to families as a special act of mercy for those experiencing this devastating loss.
Baby Resting Gowns are lovingly handmade by a dedicated volunteer in the Diocese. The gowns are available to families seeking a beautiful outfit to lay their baby to rest in. We also have miscarriage swaddles available, to lovingly lay our earliest losses to rest in for burial.