Who We Are
Harpring Children Watching the Ground Breaking of the
Little Souls Cemetery
We are the Chris and Rebecca Harpring Family. In February 2016, we had the first of two miscarriages. Because life begins at conception, we wanted to give a proper burial to our babies. We were able to do so at our parish cemetery on the grave site of Chris' grandparents. Knowing that our babies had a final resting place brought us comfort as well as allowed our other children to have a physical reminder that they do have two more siblings.
A Need Was Seen
Because Rebecca has a background as a nurse, a pregnancy resource center director, and as a Creighton Model FertilityCare Practitioner (see Medical Help page) , we were open with others about our loss and the burial of our babies. So many people expressed how they wish they would have known they could have a burial or that they did not have a place to bury. As we reflected on these conversations, we decided we wanted to find a way to bring good for others out of our own loss.
The Little Souls Cemetery
We approached our parish priest and with his permission were able to start the Little Souls Cemetery for miscarried babies in our parish cemetery. The Little Souls Cemetery construction became a family affair with even the kids being involved. During the construction, people in other towns and parishes started inquiring about how to construct a Little Souls Cemetery in their cemetery. We also found that like us, many women had a hard time finding appropriate burial vessels for their miscarried babies. Through these conversations and prayer, we felt called to do more.
A Ministry is Born
In July 2022, Rebecca (and her family) decided to not renew her Creighton Model FertilityCare Practitioner certification and instead start Covenant Resources Miscarriage Ministry so that she and the family could work together to help establish Little Souls Cemeteries across the nation, get miscarriage supply totes in as many facilities as possible, create a nationwide listing of cemeteries with dedicated areas for miscarriages, provide memorial ornaments for families who lost a baby to miscarriage and become a resource for churches and facilities. We hope this ministry will bring comfort and support to you and your family during your time of loss. Please feel free to reach out to us if we can help.