When his young son died in his sleep, his father made him an extra special gravestone...

The pain of his son's passing spurred this father into creating something inspirational...

On the 23rd of September 1988, Ernest and Anneke Robinson, were the happiest people in the world. They were going to have a child, and it was a boy, Matthew Stanford Robinson.

But all was not well, due to complications in the birthing Matthew was born with disabilities, A lack of oxygen caused him to be blind, and paralysed from the neck down.

The doctors said Matthew's chances were slim, and he would not survive the day, but with the love of his family, Matthew surprised everyone and lived for 10 years.

After his funeral his father wanted to give Matthew something special, something to show how special he was, and what a beautiful, if short, life he had lived. Above all he wanted to give him something that symbolised hope, not sadness.

Sick child
Sick child
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Matthew Stanford Robinson was born in 1988. Due to lack of oxygen at birth, he was born blind and paralysed. Doctors told his parents, Ernest and Anneke, that he would only live for a few hours.

Sick child
Sick child
Ability Found

But Matthew showed that the doctors predictions were wrong, and he managed to live a life full of love.

Even though he could only utter a few words, he inspired his family and everyone else around him.

Matthew finally passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, the 21st of February 1999, aged only 10 years old.

Special grave
Special grave
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In 2000, Ernest decided he wanted to build a special gravestone for his son in the Salt Lake City Cemetery, Utah. He wanted something special, and unique, like Matthew. The base of the gravestone is simple and traditional.

Extra special tombstone
Extra special tombstone
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But the top of his stone is a striking cast of Matthew climbing out of his chair and reaching for the sky. A beautiful symbol for Matthew's life of never stopping to strive to reach.

Joy and sadness
Joy and sadness
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His grave has become a place of hope, not sadness, or pain. It has now become a kind of pilgrimage where millions have already visited, always leaving with a new sense of hope, and contentment. Everybody who has visited the grave says that it touched them in a special way.

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Published at 17.11.2017 / 15:39 by Carolyn Smith