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Cenotaph Products' goal is to provide compassionate care at its finest to pre and post-natal, baby loss families. We recognize what an incredibly difficult time this is for both families and staff.

If you are a family who has suffered the loss of your precious baby our hearts go out to you. The idea behind the Cenotaph Amish Cradle is to allow you, the family, more time to say goodbye to your baby in a comfortable atmosphere, at your own pace. Some families may only need an hour or two, while others may need a day or two. Please feel free to hold, rock, snuggle, or sing to your baby during this time. You may also consider taking photos, making handprints or footprints, taking a small clipping of your baby’s hair, bathing your baby, or allowing grandparents and siblings to come and meet your baby. Remember this is your grief journey and the memories you make today will be the moments that will help heal your heart in the days, weeks, and months to come.

If you are a hospital offering this support device to your bereaved parents we would like to say thank you. Thank you for acknowledging this need and listening to the voices of countless parents whose biggest regret is that they did not spend more time saying goodbye. Many did not know how or were afraid to ask for more time, others were worried about how staff might perceive such a request and still others were in such a state of shock they could not ask. Having a device ready and set up tells parents they can spend as little or as much time as they need. Besides, staff will no longer need to make trips to the morgue, monitor room temperature or ice levels, and can instead use that time to love families and give the care they need.

A baby, at 12 weeks gestation, 3 months of pregnancy is almost fully formed and can fit inside the palm of your hand. By this time parents have already bonded with and deeply love their children. Then the unimaginable happens. Family's greatest joy turns into their deepest sorrow. 

Stillbirth affects about 1 in 175 births, and each year about 21,000 babies are stillborn in the United States. That is about the same as the number of babies that die during the first year of life.

When you say 1 in 4 women that means that a group of 4 women may have 3 who have nothing but happy, healthy pregnancies and one doesn't. It implies that pregnancy loss is something that affects only one kind of woman, and not others. The reality is that it affects 1 in 4 pregnancies. Since most women become pregnant more than once in their lives that drastically increases the chances that they'll suffer a loss. This means that it affects a whole lot more than 1 in 4 women. 

When babies are born in these very early months, many hospitals only allow families up to 1.5 hours to 2 hours until such time that the staff takes the baby from their families.

My name is Michael Haarlander I am the creator, inventor, and designer of the Cenotaph Amish Bereavement Cooling Cradle. My wife Joan and I are 1 in 4. Our daughter and her husband are 1 of 4. Our daughter had 2 miscarriages until she was able to have her Rainbow Baby. 


When I started the design of our Cradle my goal from the beginning was to Honor all Babies. Not just some of them, but every single baby. Many of the parents in the Infant Loss Community have shared their stories and regrets of how their baby had been whisked away never to be seen again because there was no device capable of slowing down the process to afford them additional time to spend with their baby(s). 

The Cenotaph Cradle is made in the: USA

We are constantly told the Cenotaph Amish Cradle is the prettiest piece of furniture in the hospital. 

In care, concern, and in the name of healing,


Michael E. Haarlander Sr. 
Cenotaph Products


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