It’s been a few weeks since I first ran across it, but I just re-read this story and it still moves me:

Source: Fox8Live

Baton Rouge – It was a funeral like no one had ever attended before. Thirteen babies, all abandoned by their families, buried by people who never knew them but loved them nonetheless.

In a home-made coffin, a baby boy from Baton Rouge, as well as 12 babies born to Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

“I’ve been asking over and over as a father and a grandfather, I can’t imagine having a baby and just walking off. But I think God cares, and we care,” says Brother Dennis Terry, pastor of Greenwell Springs Baptist Church.

Members of Greenwell Springs Baptist Church volunteered to bury the Baton Rouge baby after learning his mother dumped him in the sewer.

When the Baton Rouge coroner’s office heard the church’s offer, it asked if the church would also be willing to bury the 12 Hurricane Katrina babies.

“If the church doesn’t do this, who will?” says Terry, who didn’t hesitate to say yes.

These are babies who were either stillborn or died in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Five years later, no one has ever come forward to claim them.

Technically, the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office is supposed to cremate any unclaimed body left for more than 2 months.

Dr. Cooper didn’t want them to never be known like they never existed.

“That’s essentially what would have happened. We would have cremated the bodies, sprinkled the ashes and it would have been like they never had been. They would have been gone forever. No one would have known they were here,” says Don Moreau with the Coroner’s Office.

The congregation of Greenwell Springs Baptist wanted to do everything they could now for the youngest victims.

“It’s important they have a Christian burial. I named each one of them,” says Sissy Davis.

She’s with Threads of Love, a ministry that makes clothes for babied in need. She spent hours researching the definitions of Christian names.

“Each one had to have a “Praise God” or “God’s Child,” says Davis.

Davis gave her favorites to the 13 babies along with the common last name that sums up the congregations feelings.

Mary Elizabeth Love

Ester Joy Love

Twins Abigail Grace and Gabriel Edom Love

John Mark Love

James Matthew Love

Daniel Luke Love

Samuel Joseph Love

Michael Joshua Love

Simon Peter Love

Jacob Bartholomew Love

Timothy Abram Love

Moses Daniel Love

A donated headstone will stand at the grave, bearing those names so no one ever forgets.

I used to be pretty OK with cremation, but for reasons that sound both theologically pretentious and vague I’m starting to get really uneasy with the practice, and something in me — maybe the father in me — is glad someone decided to bury these babies.