Incorporated in the State of Illinois, Rest in His Arms is a 501 (c) (3) non-for-profit organization dedicated to providing Christian funerals and burials for abandoned babies. Formed in September 2005, the men and women of Rest in His Arms have provided the final act of dignity and respect for more than eighteen children in the Chicagoland area.
By spiritually adopting these infants, Rest in His Arms arranges final services that proclaim that these children are precious - even if they only lived for one minute. Allowed to provide each child with a name, none of “our” babies are forgotten about as a “John Doe.” Each child is lovingly laid to rest and sent home to the open and comforting arms of our Creator.
Sadly, Rest in His Arms is a much needed organization as there are approximately 6 babies illegally abandoned each year in the state of Illinois that are under 30 days old. But it does not have to be this way. The Illinois Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act (called “The Safe Haven Law”) allows parents to leave infants up to 30 days old in the arms of staff at any fire or police station, campus security station, or hospital or emergency medical center. Provided that the child has not been harmed, parents cannot be prosecuted for abandonment, and in fact, no questions will be asked. Babies left in Safe Havens receive medical care and then can be adopted into loving families and given a chance at life.
Until more people know about the alternatives to illegal abandonment, Rest in His Arms will continue to mourn for each life lost and ensure that these innocent little ones will not be forgotten.
A Funeral Mass for seven babies will be held at 11:00
am on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at St. Raymond de Penafort Catholic Church. The Church is located at 300 S. Elmhurst Ave. at the corner of Lincoln Street in Mt. Prospect, IL 60056 . The burial will follow at All Saints Catholic Cemetery, 700 N. River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016
Please come help us mourn the loss of Jacob, Jadden, Zachary Lucas, Baby McGee, Kevin Lavon, Catherine Grace, and Aden Manuel
To contribute funds to Rest in His Arms, offer to volunteer, or simply find out more information, please contact us via email at GraciesMom@comcast.net. Donations can also be sent directly to our account at BMO Harris Bank, 1190 North McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089. All donations are tax deductible as Rest in His Arms is 501 (c) (3) certified.
PLEASE see the "Our Babies" tab for information on each of "our" children
This image of "Jesus snuggling an infant" © is used with the permission of the artist, Jean Keaton, all rights reserved. For more information about Jean or to order copies of her work, please visit her website at www.keatonprints.com