Groundbreaking for the new “Wings of Hope” memorial and burial area within Calvary Cemetery will likely start
next week, according to Terry Miller, Calvary Caretaker.
This new memorial and common burial site will be used for the remains of children lost in miscarriage.
According to the Wings of Hope website (http://wingsofhopemankato.weebly.com/), there will be a common burial service once or twice a year, depending on need.
“Families who have experienced pregnancy loss and the community in general are invited to attend this service,” the website states.
The new area is along St. Jerome Drive within the 40-acre Calvary grounds.
Plans include a paved walkway, central monument and burial lots around the central monument. Noted local sculptor Tom Miller (Monuments by Miller) has been commissioned to create the central monument.
The Wings of Hope organization is also taking orders for inscribed pavers:
An inscribed paver at the Wings of Hope memorial site offers many opportunities. Families who lose or have lost a child in pregnancy, whether recently or decades ago, have a place where they can memorialize their child’s name, inscribe a family name, or share a meaningful quote or verse. Pavers are also meaningful memorial gifts to give when a loved one loses a child during pregnancy.
For many families this might be the first-and only place-where they share the name they have chosen for thier child. Members of the community are also encouraged to purchase a paver as a way of showing support for these families, their children, and this memorial site. Funds raised from the pavers go directly to support the development of the memorial site grounds and to continue to offer common burial services.
A paver order form can be found on the “Resources” page at the Wings of Hope website.