The first time I remember hearing about Babyland was when my sister, Natalie lost her oldest daughter Margot. I wondered how they were making any decisions about the funeral arrangements etc. My mom told me they would be burying Margot in the Bountiful, UT Cemetery in an area called Babyland. This section of the cemetery was exclusive to babies and young children. I was immediately struck by the tragic and beautiful composition of this blessed piece of land.
When my daughter, Alice passed away from SIDS at almost 5-months-old, I was overwhelmed by decisions that had to be made regarding her memorial and burial, but I knew immediately I wanted her in Babyland. Not just because she would be adjacent to her cousin Margot, but also because of all the other babies there that would be able to keep her company until Dallas and I can join her in Heaven. If you’re ever able to visit Babyland I think you will sense what I do, that this section is the home of a celestial nursery, where only truly perfect spirits’ mortal frames are housed.
When the cemetery informed me that I could only have a flat headstone for Alice, at first I was disappointed. In my mind, she deserved a marker on par with the Washington Monument. After time has passed though I have begun to understand the reason for this rule. Many of the people paying for these headstones, myself included, are young parents who wouldn’t be able to afford the large bill that comes with the majesty of large grave markers. I love how the uniformity makes it so that every infant is represented equally, no one more important than the next. But I do think that with the area being exclusively small, flat headstones, the area is missing the grandeur it deserves.
I heard about the efforts being made to raise money for the statue in Babyland when I was pregnant with Alice. Even then, the project resonated with my heart and my husband and I drove over an hour to attend a benefit concert for the cause.
Here we are almost a year later, now with our own daughter buried there, and we are still trying to raise the necessary funds for the statue. But now we have been given a strict deadline. We must raise the remaining $11,000 before July 31st of this year (2017) and I know we can do it!
Any amount helps.
I remember when a GoFundMe was created on our behalf after Alice passed away. My very favorite donation was for $2.00 from a close childhood friend I had since lost contact with. I know she is a poor college student, and I loved that she wasn’t afraid to give just $2.00. She was not embarrassed by the amount. She was proud to have helped how she could and it really touched my heart.
As part of the effort to make the remaining funds necessary I teamed up with one of my favorite friends, @bradiejill from theposhpine.com to make this video about the statue in Babyland. It features myself and two other Mother’s who have children buried in Babyland. I hope you will watch it, consider making a donation, but FOR SURE share, share, share! (Click the DONATE HERE buttons to go to the GoFundMe)
Video by: @bradiejill of theposhpine.com
Music: Until Heaven by Sarah Ann (That’s me)
My makeup by: @maskcarabyvanessa