Child Casket Fund

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At New Melleray Abbey, the monks view the crafting of child caskets as a corporal work of mercy, and a way to bring some small measure of comfort to families who bear the tragedy of burying a child.

Make a Donation

Donations to the Child Casket Fund help defray the cost of materials for donated child caskets.


The Child Casket Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible.

The Child Casket Fund is an opportunity for benefactors to help alleviate stress during a trying time, by reducing or eliminating the financial burden to families who are in need of a child’s casket. Donations to the fund are accepted to help defray the costs of materials and labor from lay people by providing a financial reserve.

Trappist Caskets frequently donates or discounts child caskets to families in a variety of ways:

  • Any family in financial need can receive an entirely donated casket
  • Some families choose to pay for the casket in full
  • Other families choose to pay for the portion of the cost they are able to bear financially
  • Still others may choose to make a donation to the Child Casket Fund in lieu of or in addition to the cost of the casket

Every family who needs a child casket interacts with the Child Casket Fund in the way that is right for them. The monks feel this is a small way to touch the lives of people in the outside world, while remaining true to their vocation.

How to Make a Donation

If you would like to assist a family who is purchasing a child casket and who may be in financial need, you may do so by making a tax-deductible donation. The Child Casket Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Sun rays beam through old pines on a misty morning at New Melleray.

The monks view the crafting of child caskets as a way to bring comfort to families who bear the tragedy of burying a child.

Making a Donation Online

You can donate to the Child Casket Fund using Paypal with the form above or send donations by mail.

Making a Donation by Mail

To donate by mail, please address your check to Trappist Caskets or New Melleray Abbey and mail to:

Trappist Caskets
16632 Monastery Road
Peosta, IA 52068

If you have any further questions, we at Trappist Caskets invite you to talk with us by calling 888-433-6934.

Thank you for your generosity.


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