200 Strangers Show Up To a Nameless Baby Boy's Funeral

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Two years ago, the body of a baby boy was found on an old railway in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Today, the boy, who was just a few weeks old when he was found, was laid to rest. He was buried without a name as no one was able to identify him or locate his parents. More than 200 people attended the funeral service, which was held at Seafield Cemetery, close to where he was found in July 2013. The funeral was arranged by Police Scotland and volunteers.

A tiny white coffin was carried into the graveyard while a lone bagpiper played ‘Amazing Grace.’ 

“This is the kind of tragedy that surely touches everyone who hears about it. All of us who gather here today are grieving,” said Reverend Erica Wishart, of Tranent Parish Church, who led the service. “We represent everyone in this community and beyond who feels deep sadness that this tiny baby is never going to have the chance to grow up and live his life.”

Strangers from different walks of life and a variety of faiths came to honor the baby boy. 

“We wanted to pay our respects to the baby. It's a great honour for all of us to be here to pay tribute to this innocent soul. It's a good gesture; I think people have a good heart,” said Imam Sajjad, of Craigmillar Islamic Centre. 

Also in attendance was a group of motorcyclists from the Riders Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland.

Many of those who came to the graveyard were people who had been moved by the story and wanted to help.

"It just touched my heart to think this poor baby didn't even have a name. Everybody deserves a name. It just breaks my heart. I told my husband that I wanted to come here as I didn't want the baby to be buried alone, and then I saw hundreds of people here and leaving all the flowers and soft toys. It's nice to see that there are so many caring people out there,” said Dee Urquhart.

Margaret Halliday works with a group that makes burial clothes for infants. She made a “pocket of love” for the baby. "I think the turnout is absolutely incredible. It's very moving to think that there are so many people here today just to give this baby some love,” she said. "The poor wee boy, I don't know what his mum must be going through today, it must be horrendous for her. No matter what the circumstances, I just feel for his mum as well.”

Carol Lind, one of the attendees, told The Independent, "He won't be forgotten about by the Leith community, the Lochend community. I'm sure he'll always be remembered, especially by me as I have got family here, and I'm sure he will be looked after."

The child’s grave was covered in flowers, toys and notes of remembrance, including one that read: "Rest in God's arms, goodnight little baby.”

Police passed out leaflets asking the public for help in identifying the boy and his family.

Sources: International Business Times, The Independent Image via The Independent