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Charles R. Hale was born, raised and educated in New York. He is the co-founder of the Irish American Writers and Artists’ Salon. The Salon allows writers and artists the opportunity to present works in progress or published works at venues throughout the New York metropolitan area. He has a Masters in cultural history and has had a number of his family and ancestral history essays published in literary magazines. He has now gathered his stories into a multimedia performance, which incorporates voice, photos, music and live performance.
Charles R. Hale maternal grandmother's third child, Florence, died shortly after she was born. Since she was unbaptized she wasn't allowed to be buried with her family. He went on a search to find where Florence was buried to honor his grandparents’ pain.
According to Catholic theology, babies who were stillborn or who died shortly after birth and had not been baptized could be denied a cemetery burial in consecrated ground. In many Irish parishes, the babies were secretly buried in the hedgerows and ditches around the cemetery between dawn and dusk by the parents themselves so that the babies could be close to consecrated ground.
"The Death of Baby Florence" by
Charles R. Hale
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