A special service was held at the St. James Anglican Church on Sept. 5 to honour the previously unknown stillborn babies buried in the church’s cemetery.
The cemetery recently discovered records indicating 2,284 stillborn or miscarried infants were buried in unmarked and unknown graves from the early 1900s to the mid-1970s. The record books dating from 1908 to 1976 had been long forgotten in a church safe.
There is a plan to establish a memorial bench and stone for these babies, who the church refers to as wee souls.
In addition to remembering the unknown babies, the service sought to offer closure to parents who don’t know where their infant was buried.