Rest in His Arms is dedicated to providing Christian funerals and burials for abandoned babies. By spiritually adopting these infants and becoming guardian, Rest in His Arms arranges final services that proclaim that these children are precious, even if they only lived for one minute. Each child is named and each is lovingly laid to rest and sent home to the open and comforting arms of our Creator.
Sadly, Rest in His Arms is a much-needed organization, as there are several babies illegally abandoned each year in Illinois. But it does not have to be this way. The Illinois Safe Haven Law, saveabandondedbabies.org, allows a parent to leave infants 30 days or younger and unharmed, in the arms of staff at any hospital, 24-hour emergency care facility, police station, manned fire station or college campus security office. Parents cannot be prosecuted for abandonment; and in fact, no questions are asked. Babies left in Safe Havens receive medical care and then can be adopted into loving families.
Until more people know about the alternatives to illegal abandonment, Rest in His Arms will continue to mourn for each life lost and ensure that these innocent little ones will not be forgotten.
Rest in His Arms is hosting sewing workshops where you can learn to recreate wedding dresses into beautiful burial garments called “angel gowns.” These angel gowns are given to grieving families when a newborn is not able to be carried home due to miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death. Rest in His Arms will show you how it’s done and provide time for working on the garments. Unfinished projects can be taken home to complete. Wedding dresses, patterns and samples will be provided.
Tues., Aug. 22, 6–9 p.m. At St. Theresa, Pauline Center, 455 N. Benton St., Palatine.
Sat., Sept. 23, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. At St. Francis de Sales, 135 S. Buesching Rd., Lake Zurich.
Sat., Oct. 28, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. St. Michael, 647 Dundee Ave., Barrington.
So, bring your sewing machine and a friend. For more information on the sewing workshops, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t sew? No problem. Help is needed to cut out pattern pieces, too.
For those who would like to donate a wedding dress
If your dress was not preserved, please clean it before donating. Most gowns can be washed on the gentle cycle at home and then hung up to dry. If it was preserved and boxed, no need to clean it. Just tag the gown with your name and drop it off or mail it to us at: Rest in His Arms, 1016 Woodland Dr., Wheeling, IL 60090.
To contribute funds to Rest in His Arms, offer to volunteer or for more information, please contact GraciesMom@comcast.net. Visit RestinHisArms.org.