Feelings of sadness wash over me whenever another tiny baby shows up, in the family history, as stillborn or dying at any early age.
So many mothers with grieving hearts and empty arms …
My own great grandmother, Eliza Jane (Rowan) Murray buried her first baby boy and then some 12 months later, after burying her second baby boy, went back to her empty childless home. However, the thought of that endless rain pelting down on his fresh tiny grave sent her running back to the cemetery to cover his final resting place with his new baby blanket.
No one can tell me that mothers of yester-year were more accustomed to baby deaths and were therefore less affected than the mothers of today.
May these little souls forever Rest in Peace and may their mothers know that their babes are always remembered.
In Memory of: Peter MURRAY 1887 – 23 Jan 1889 and Walter MURRAY 1889 – 14 Jan 1890 – Broken Hill Cemetery, Old Catholic Section: Row 3, Grave 5.
SOURCE: TROVE: National Library of Australia
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