Yesterday we went to the funeral of my friend's baby who died in utero at 19 weeks. It was so moving... the priest had such a beautiful homily talking about how everyone in heaven is a child, and speaking to the sufferings and sacrifices that parents make having children. The little coffin was so beautiful, and so tiny. It was a very sad morning - to say goodbye to a little baby who was here for such a short time, but at the same time, it was a beautiful lesson in the gift of life.
The children came with us to the funeral, and were very well behaved. They especially loved the little bookmarks that were lovingly made by the baby's mommy: they had his real foot prints stamped on them. Even though they were maybe 1/4 inch long, they were perfectly formed with little toes and everything. What a miracle life is!
We love you little Xavier Raphael. Pray for us.... like only a child can do!