Monks Donate Handmade Casket for Youngest Arizona Shooting Victim
Trappist monks in Iowa handcrafted and donated the casket for 9-year-old Christina Green’s funeral today. Christina was the youngest victim of the Arizona shooting spree that claimed the lives of five others and left 13 wounded.
A Special Request
A representative of the Green family contacted the monks at New Melleray Abbey, which is located near Dubuque, Iowa, after her death. The monks, who do not make children’s caskets, agreed to custom make one just for Christina.
Sam Mulgrew, a craftsman who manages Trappist Caskets for the monks, said, “We didn’t want to send an adult casket, which would be too big. We wanted something just for her.”
Just For Her
Christina’s casket was crafted from red oak. The monks maintain a forest area from which they procure the wood they use. It was designed specifically for her with her name, date of birth and death inscribed on the lid. The monks also made a cross for the casket and five smaller keepsake crosses for her family, carved from the same wood.
The monks, whose casket making is viewed by them as a ministry, are especially hard hit by the death of a child. They don’t like to sell child caskets and so don’t keep them in stock and have a small fund put aside to cover the costs. Before the casket was shipped to Arizona, the monks blessed it in ceremony in their chapel.
Photo credit: Another Angel by Natalie Maynor