Our Vision of the Garden of Grace
Many little ones die before their parents have a chance to know them. Every child's life has infinite value, and whether they die in the womb, naturally miscarried, aborted, or die soon after birth, they are loved and remembered. However, when children die in the very early stages of pregnancy, families often have no grave to visit. We have created a place where parents can go to remember, to find comfort, and to heal: The Garden of Grace.
Located in downtown Guelph, Ontario, this place of remembrance is on the beautiful grounds of the Church of Our Lady Immaculate. The landscaped garden includes places for private prayer and reflection, and a walkway to allow for a journey of the heart from sadness to joy.
Along the pathway, visitors will see two life-sized statues created by Canadian artist Timothy Schmaltz.
The statue I Will Not Forget You shows Jesus kneeling and holding a baby in his arms. The artist created the statue as a way to explain to his son where his baby brother was now after miscarriage. It reminds all mothers and fathers who have lost their little ones that Jesus has their children in His keeping and that they are safe.
The statue I Knew You In the Womb depicts an Angel gently leaning over an empty crib. In creating this statue, the artist's intention was to remember babies who have been aborted and to show the grief and loss that many mothers and fathers have come to know.
The statue Greatest In The Kingdom shows Jesus lovingly gathering children into his arms. In creating this statue, the artist was inspired by the gospel of Matthew 18, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
For any parent who has lost a child, especially mothers mourning the loss of their little one through abortion, this garden can be a place of refuge, mercy and hope. The Garden of Grace is their memorial space.