When Rachel Newman learned about Crown Hill's new project to comfort and support families through the unbearable loss of a child, she was deeply touched and wanted to help. Mrs. Newman recalled the utter desolation her own mother endured upon the loss of four children. Rachel decided to make a gift to the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation to fund Shepherd's Way. She thinks of it as a tribute to her family and a gift for the community to provide comfort for parents who have suffered the loss of a child.
Shepherd's Way was initiated by a mother's pain and dissatisfaction with the sense of loneliness and isolation she experienced while visiting her child in the infant section at the cemetery. Keith Norwalk, Crown Hill President, challenged staff to create a special place where parents and families could visit, find comfort in beautiful surroundings, and feel their little ones were not left alone or forgotten.
A shepherd with lambs now stands at the entrance to Shepherd's Way to watch over the children. Benches offer a place of rest and meditation for visitors. The area is landscaped with perennials, bushes, grasses, and flowering trees. Hawthorns, spruce, ginkgo, and chestnut trees enclose the area. Bronze statues of children swinging from the branch of a tree, playing with a cat in the flowerbed, and feeding the rabbits in the hedgerow bring Shepherd's Way alive. A bronze plaque at the foot of the shepherd tells the story of Frances, Hazel, Carl, May, and their sister Rachel who made this gift in their memory and all the little souls who leave us too soon.
Visit Shepherd's Way, located on the north grounds of the cemetery in Sections 237 and 237A. Contact Marianne Randjelovic, Vice President of Development, at the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation to learn about a donor memorial opportunity that is a tribute to your family and a gift for the community. (317) 920-4165 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The history of a cemetery can never be complete any more than the history of a city of the living. After all has been done, after we have made this place as beautiful as human hands may, bending nature and art to our purpose, the place where we lay our dead is consecrated not only by the use to which it is put, but by the tears, the broken hearts, the bitter anguish of the living as they murmur the last farewells."
The Story of Crown Hill
Carl, age 1
Rachel, age 4 & Frances, age 6
Hazel, age 5 & Rachel, age 8