No One Wants To Bury These 7 Children, Then Mom Calls The Coroners Office To Claim Them

By Gardens Of Innocence on Oct 21, 2016 at 05:09 PM in In The News

emerald  written by: EMERALD PELLOT

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It’s the kind of thing we often forget happens everyday. Babies are abandoned, they die, or are left for dead and there is no one to claim their bodies. Many of them will end up in unmarked graves with no funeral processions to celebrate their lives. 

In 1998, Elissa Davey was watching the news one day when she saw a story about a deceased baby abandoned on a college campus. She knew she had to do something about it. Davey called the coroner’s office to see if she could claim the child’s body, and the coroner said, “show me you have a dignified place to put him.” 

Since then, Davey created the Garden of Innocence, which provides children who are unnamed and unclaimed with graves, funerals, and headstones.

Davey gives each child a name. For the funerals of Ariel, Daisy, Don, Emily, Grace, John V., and Maguerite, who are finally being put to rest, Davey gathered strangers to honor them.

Some of the children have met grim ends, some are left at the hospital or found in the morgue, and some are complete mysteries. Davey believes that each deserves a proper burial.

“It was bittersweet, knowing we are going to lay to rest a child who was found in a jar,” said Davey. “A lot of people ask us how we can bury babies. ‘It’s so hard.’ Our answer is, ‘how can we not?’”

Gardens of Innocence provides children, who would otherwise go unremembered, with the dignity everyone deserves after they pass away.

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Oct 27, 2016 Arrow1 Down Reply
Dina Orozco

Melissa, you are a ONE IN A MILLION woman. I am trying to find words that I can express the greatest thing you are doing for these babies. You have the warmest kindest heart. All these unwanted and abandoned babies have been blessed that you have them put to rest in peace, they are all Gods angels. Stay blessed.
Thank you for doing this for these babies. God bless all of you babies & may you all rest in peace with our almighty God. Sincerely Dina Orozco.

Oct 31, 2016 Arrow1 Down Reply
Miriam Arias

I thank God for your life. Sometimes I find myself thinking what's going on in the world why are people so mean and then people like you remind me that there's beautiful people like you out there. God has angels like you in this world to make it better. My family and I will be praying for you and God willing soon we can have a garden of innonce in Los Angeles area. God bless you love The Arias Nez Family

Nov 01, 2016 Arrow1 Down Reply

I don't have words for you. You are amazing doing this.
May god bless you always. I will be praying for you and these babies.

Dec 05, 2016 Arrow1 Down Reply

Today when I saw you story,i was very much touched.You are one of GOD'S very important people's in this world.You will receive your reward one day in HEAVEN.I WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU N YOU BABIES.

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Afiya Henry

I am grateful for what you are doing. Thank you and continue this amazing work. Blessings abundantly and I know your efforts can only grow on a grand scale.