Rite of Commendation

Burial Service for Those who Lost a Child Before Birth

Remember the children that have touched our lives

Be still. Close your eyes. Breathe. Listen for my footfall in your heart. I am not gone but merely walk within you.

                                       ~ Nicholas Evans



The Burial Service

If you have experienced the loss of an unborn child through the MHealth Fairview System, and are including them in our group burial, please join us for the next Fetal Burial Service. Each service is held at 10:00am four times a year on the first Saturdays of:

  • February
  • May
  • August
  • November

Family members, friends and children are all welcome to attend.

Resurrection Cemetery
2101 Lexington Ave. S.
Mendota Heights, MN 55120

the day of the service

Drive in the main entrance from Lexington Avenue and take a left at the T intersection, then take a right and follow the road. The Mausoleum Chapel will be on your left, the building with the red roof and granite walls. The containers with the babies’ remains will be on the bier directly in front of the altar.  Each container is labeled with the hospital name, so people know which container their baby is in.  Families are welcome to go up to the containers before the service.

After the service, attendees in vehicle procession will be lead to the burial site. At the burial site, everyone will have a chance to place flowers, mementos and handfuls or shovels of dirt in the grave before it is closed. Once the grave is covered, flowers may be placed on top of the grave as well.

If you would like to personalize a memorial to your child, please click on the button below.

Service of Remembrance

For Those Who Lost a Child Before Birth

When: Saturday, October 12, 2024 at 10:00am


Resurrection Cemetery Chapel Muasoleum

Gethsemane Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum

This special service of remembrance is for anyone who lost a child before birth, whether recently or many years ago. During this ritual each family is called forth, where they may name their child. They also light a candle to honor and remember this child. Often called the hidden loss, by offering prayer services and rituals specifrically for those who have lost a child before birth helps make the loss visible to others and offers a safe place to acknowledge the child who died. All are welcome to this free event. No registration required.

how to find the grave

The marker bearing the date of the service that included your unborn child will be the one to look for in future visits. The marker is typically installed approximately 3 months following the burial. If you are uncertain of the date, please contact the Resurrection Cemetery office at (651) 454-5072 and it will be looked up for you.


Thank you for joining us