The 1 in 4: Helping Families Say Goodbye

My name is Casie Speaks and I am a Funeral Director at Resthaven Funeral Home. I get the dreaded phone calls every day that a sweet angel has passed away. Yes, it’s our job to take care of grieving families, but when infants pass away it’s a different type of arrangements and care for that family. Being a mother of two myself, I wait on almost every infant family who comes through Resthaven’s door. Why you may ask? I feel like it’s a different touch when it’s a “mother’s touch." A mother who has just lost a baby never wants to give a funeral director their child’s clothes, or the toy and blanket that will be placed in his or her casket. It’s called patience. It’s a must when making infant arrangements. When those parents leave Resthaven, I want them to know their sweet angel is in the best hands and will be okay. After services are finished, to hear some tell me that I have made this experience a little easier and thank me... THAT IS WHY I DO MY JOB. Yes, it’s hard, and I have shed plenty tears with my families, but it’s a calling I wouldn’t change for the world. Anna’s Grace has been a blessing to Resthaven and the surrounding funeral homes to lift the financial burden off of our infant families. To be able to look the parents in the face and say I have a organization that helps infant loss families makes my job that much more rewarding. Having a child is supposed to be such a happy time, and this is not something parents think will happen to them. To Anna’s Grace, thank you for what you do for these amazing and strong families. We thank you for the hard work you do and to keep the funding going. To the sweet families that have experienced infant loss, I continue to pray for you and your family. It’s a heartache that will be there forever, but I pray the pain will lessen by sharing his or her memory with the world.

The Anna's Grace Quarter Marathon -- representing the 1 in 4 pregnancies that ends in loss -- will be held on March 25, 2018. To register, visit

Casie with the Pearl Family who has been supported by both Resthaven and Anna's Grace Foundation

About Anna’s Grace Foundation Anna’s Grace Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting families in the Greater Baton Rouge Area who experience miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss. Each and every day one of our neighbors, friends, coworkers, or family members will experience the devastating loss of a baby, and Anna’s Grace is there to provide emotional and financial support so that families can focus on healing. The Anna’s Grace Quarter Marathon is on March 25, 2018. For more information or to register, visit