The Society of St Joseph of Arimathea
an apostolate providing financial assistance and burial for infants and children
About the Society
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 32 children.
Our primary work is to provide financial assistance to families who have lost children but are unable to pay for cremation. Working with funeral homes, we cover the full cost of cremation. We have received official permission from the City of Winston-Salem to open a new burial ground for those who do not have a place for burial. We also claim all infants who die but remain unclaimed by their family. They will receive a proper requiem and burial in our churchyard.
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.
In our year of ministry, we have discovered two important things. First, the need is greater than we realized and second, the response is not complicated. Contact us to learn how to join this movement and create a partner network in your own community.