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A Grief No Longer Silent: Crowdfunding Campaign Aims to Build a Garden of Healing for Grieving Parents

Contact: Jakki Jeffs, President, 519-824-7797, aflo@mgl.ca; Hanna Barlow, Program Manager, 519-836-6311, facts@guelphforlife.com; both with Guelph & Area Right to Life 

GUELPH, Ontario, Canada, Jan. 29, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Guelph & Area Right to Life has launched a crowdfunding campaign to create a Garden of Grace. Intended for parents and families whose babies died in the womb or shortly after birth, the garden will be a much-needed place of remembrance and hope. The campaign will run until March 4th, 2015, as we seek support from our community and people around the world to help us build this beautiful memorial space.

Every child, naturally miscarried, aborted, or dying soon after birth, is loved and remembered. However, for children who died in the very early stages of pregnancy, families often have no place to grieve, or their grief is not recognized. Our vision is to create a place where parents can go to remember, to find comfort, and to heal.

The Garden of Grace will be located on the grounds of the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph, Ontario. The landscaped garden will have private spaces for prayer and reflection, and will feature statues by Canadian artist Timothy Schmaltz. A pathway will guide visitors on a journey from sorrow into healing. It will be open to the entire community, as well as those who come from a distance to visit.

This garden will be the first of its kind in Ontario. We hope it will be a great source of comfort for all, especially post-abortive women. Debbie Fisher, who has experienced induced abortion, reflects on the need for a dedicated space like this:

    "There are very few places for those of us who have suffered abortion to go to. Many of us suffer in silence. This garden will become a place for rebirth and a space for healing."

For any parent who has lost a child, this garden will be a place of refuge, mercy and hope. We hope that this project will also encourage conversations about healing after abortion and the value of all life.

We encourage you to visit our crowdfunding page at youcaring.com/gardenofgrace.


Jakki Jeffs, President of Guelph & Area Right to Life
(519) 824-7797

Hanna Barlow, Program Manager of Guelph & Area Right to Life
(519) 836-6311