A Beautiful Tombstone Created by a Father in Memory of His Disabled Son

A Beautiful Tombstone Created by a Father in Memory of His Disabled Son

In Salt Lake City cemetery, Utah, a tombstone with a sculpture of a boy rising from the wheelchair reaching for the sky keeps a beautiful memory of a child named Matthew.

Matthew Stanford Robinson is the son of Ernest and Anneke Robinson. He was born blind and paralyzed from the neck down due to lack of oxygen in 1988 and he died after ten years in February 21, 1991. In 2000, Ernest Robinson decided to build a tombstone in memory of his son Matthew and depicted him standing from his wheelchair spreading his hand to the sky.

The picture of Matthew’s tombstone, according to Ernest, is illustrating the happiness he wanted for his son before and after his death.

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A father had this tombstone designed and made for his wheelchair-bound son depicting him "free of his earthly burdens."


The couple also created a charitable organization named as “Ability Found” to help provide the essential equipment needed for handicapped people to function. The charity helps less fortunate people with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, stroke, cancer, spinal cord injuries, and multiple sclerosis.

Challenges: Due to lack of oxygen Matthew was blind, paralyzed from the neck down and spoke only a few words up until when he died at 11
Father son

Mother and son


These heartwarming words are found in Matthew’s obituary:
“And then it shall come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow”

According to Matthew’s parents, “Peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, February 21, 1999, our cherished son, brother and friend, Matthew Stanford Robison was received into a state of happiness, and began his rest from troubles, care, and sorrow in the arms of his Savior and friend Jesus Christ.”

Helping others: Matthew's father and mother started a foundation called Ability Found to help the disabled get equipment
Prolific: The tombstone evokes a sense of hope and remembrance as oppose to sadness

The tombstone became a place of happiness according to the Robinsons, and they are also proud of the foundation that they created which gives them the chance to honor their son’s contribution to their lives.

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