Brought a tear to my eye.
Jan. 13, 2011
Christina Taylor Greene (AP/Mark
Henle, Arizona Republic)
Report: Monks Handmake Christina
A 160-Year-Old Catholic Abbey in Iowa Makes, Donates Casket to Family of 9-
Year-Old Tucson Shooting Victim, CNN Says
(CBS) The family of the youngest victim of the Tucson massacre
was honored by a group of Trappist monks from Peosta, Iowa, who
made and donated the casket for 9-year-old Christina Taylor
Greene’s funeral, CNN reports.
The 160-year-old New Melleray Abbey has been making caskets
since 1999, and have a regular program for donating caskets to
families in mourning specifically designed for children, according
to its website.
“At our discretion, we frequently donate or discount child caskets
to families,” the website states.
A spokesperson for the abbey told CNN that Green’s family had reached out to them after the shooting, and
the casket arrived in Tucson Wednesday morning.
“We didn’t want to send an adult coffin that would be too big, we wanted something just for her,” said the
The casket was crafted from red oak, and was made especially for Green, the spokesperson said. The lid of the
casket was inscribed with her name, date of birth and death, and a cross. The family also will receive five
small keepsake crosses hewn from the same wood as the casket.
The abbey’s website states that they strive to produce caskets in an eco-friendly way because of a “spiritual
mandate to practice responsible stewardship.” They say they often make the caskets from wood taken from
their own 1,200-acre forest.
“We view our casket business as a ministry – a corporal work of mercy,” the website states. “We hope to
impart a sense of sanctity into all that we make.”
-- -- Neil