Update May 10, 2020: The monks will provide a pine casket for free, but they cannot pay for shipping, for families facing financial hardship at this time. Their average age is 76 so please pray for them to remain safe during this pandemic, and for new vocations.
Funeral and memorial planning for a loved one should offer solace for the bereaved. We have been told of a resource by a recent widow we would like to share. Upon purchasing her urn, she received an email telling her the monks would inscribe her husband’s name in their chapel Book of Life and that his name would be included in a Mass of Remembrance. A tree is planted in their private monastic forest. A Certificate of Blessing was included with the urn.
One of our parishioners found the Trappists online while searching for an urn for her husband’s cremains (ashes). She wrote:
” I had such a peaceful feeling when I made this purchase. Marjorie who gives the urn and casket information out over the phone is wonderful to work with. They shipped out my order the same day! I think their site is informative too for those planning funerals.”
Urns, caskets and keepsakes are offered in walnut, oak and cherry. The caskets are available in a variety of hardwoods as well as pine.
We were very touched by the ministry offered by the Trappists for parents who lose a child:
“As an important ministry of the monks of New Melleray Abbey, caskets are offered in compassion and faith at no cost to families who have lost a child. We invite the family in need of a child casket to contact us directly so that we may assist in helping at this difficult time.
By providing children’s caskets, the monks’ prayer is that all children will be commended to God’s love and care forever. Each child casket is artisan crafted from premium red oak and comes with a personalized keepsake cross. Every child provided a Trappist Casket is remembered in a Mass said by our monks and, as a living memorial, we plant a red oak seedling in the spring on the Abbey grounds in honor of each child who is buried in one of our caskets.”