A casket for little Christina

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1293 days ago

Brought a tear to my eye.

Jan. 13, 2011
Christina Taylor Greene (AP/Mark
Henle, Arizona Republic)

Report: Monks Handmake Christina
Green’s Casket

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

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#1 posted 1293 days ago

Truely touching Neil. Thanks for linking it.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#2 posted 1293 days ago

A really nice gesture on there part.

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#3 posted 1293 days ago

That’s a neat detail- to include crosses for the family made from the same wood. What a horrible tragedy, but such a sweet gesture by the abbey

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#4 posted 1293 days ago

Thanks Neil!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 1293 days ago

It is so nice to see the good in people for a change. So much gets said of the terrible things some people do that the good seems to be sidelined. Peace.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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#6 posted 1293 days ago

Neil, thanks for sharing those are good people.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 1293 days ago

Thank you for sharing Neil.

A dark day of mourning for all. The Catholic Abbey where these are made
has a special fund set up (you can donate too) specifically for child caskets.
Their labor for each is part of their calling to “pray without ceasing”.
Truly a difficult and emotional calling to serve for a purpose such as this.

May God Bless Us All,


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#8 posted 1293 days ago

Thanks Neil.
Those monks have a special place in Heaven waiting for them.

-- Having fun...Eric

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#9 posted 1293 days ago

Hi Neil,
Thanks for posting.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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#11 posted 1292 days ago

Wonderful people, may they be blessed.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 1292 days ago

The trappist casket builders are pretty interesting.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#13 posted 1292 days ago

Thanks for the post Neil.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#14 posted 1292 days ago


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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