Society of Joseph of Arimathea

The society of

St Joseph of Arimathea

Burial for Babies

The Society of St Joseph of Arimathea is an apostolate of St Timothy's Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. We are dedicated to ensure that no deceased infant or child is left unclaimed in hospitals and to assist loved ones with cremation services and burial. The Society claims all children who die in the hospital but are unwanted by their families. We also help those families who want to bury their children but do not have the financial resources to do so. We work closely with the chaplains and administration officials of local hospitals and are currently working with them to create a nationwide network of churches and local hospitals to ensure that no child is unwanted and all are able to receive a proper burial. Since our founding on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in 2016, we have provided financial assistance and/or burial for 46 children.




2525 Parkway Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27103


Fr Steve Rice

Our work


Our primary work is to provide financial assistance to families who have lost children but are unable to pay for cremation. Working with Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home, we cover the total cost of cremation. We work closely with area hospitals, social workers, and chaplains. These professionals contact us with a need and we coordinate with the funeral home.


St Timothy’s Episcopal Church has designated a portion of their property for the Society’s burial ground. The cemetery will be offered to any family who cannot afford to bury their child. We are currently raising money to prepare the space for beauty and reverence. Currently we have 6 children who are, or will be, buried in the cemetery. When completed, the cemetery will include burial plots for 300 babies, an altar, and a shrine to the Holy Family.

unclaimed babies

Hard as it may be to believe, some children are not wanted by their families after they die. If a child dies before 24 weeks gestation, the body is incinerated at the hospital with “other tissue.” Post 24 weeks, the child is unclaimed in the morgue. The Society of St Jospeh of Arimathea has committed to the hospital to claim all unclaimed/unwanted babies of any age. These children will be buried at the Society cemetery. Of the 46 children we have served, 3 have been claimed from the hospital.

So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb...
— Matthew 27.59-60


Companions of the Society


 St Joseph of Arimathea was a wealthy disciple of Jesus who asked for his body from Pontius Pilate after his crucifixion (John 19:38). St Joseph laid the body of Jesus in the tomb he had purchased for himself, thus serving as the perfect model for this ministry. The web address for the Society is the 14th Station, after the fourteenth station in the Stations of the Cross where Jesus is laid in the tomb purchased by St Joseph of Arimathea.

By contributing $250*, Companions of St Joseph are patrons of the society and continue his witness by providing a tomb for a child of God. After completing the form, you will be contacted with information regarding sponsoring a tomb.

*when giving online, please select Society of St Joseph of Arimathea in the menu

Priest Companions

Information coming soon.

Roll of Companions

John and Patty Baucom
Kelley Collis
Isabel Carter
Donna Lobbs
Elizabeth Green
Katie Sugg
Nancy Sugg
Beckie McLean
Marsha Ware
Graham and Shannon Green
Catherine Craig
Elaine Craig
Jason and Nicole Alford
The Vestry of St Timothy’s
Jerry and Mary Pass
The Morphis Family
Todd & Susan Porter
Br. James Patrick Hall
Laura Blalock
Bobby Byrd & Maureen Ballseiper
Terri Jamison
Ted and Oralia Johnson
Jon and Sally Cowgill
Chris and Linda Skarzynski
Cynthia Marterre
Robert Jones
Jeff and Lindsey Sachs
Bill & Angela Ward
Jeff & Donna Sparks
Alice Elsner
Sharyn and David Conrad
Skip and Jean Larson
Fr. Stephen Morris
John & Cindy Voris
John & Chiquita Guglielmi
Jane Bowser
Betty Rathbone
Thomas Mitzi