On September 23, 1988, Ernest and Anneke Robinson welcomed the birth of their son, Matthew Stanford Robinson.
Matthew was born with severe disabilities. Due to a lack of oxygen, he was blind and paralyzed from the neck down.
Doctors said Matthew would only live for a few hours. But with his and his family’s strength, support, and faith in God, Matthew lived to be 10-and-a-half years old.
When it came time to lay Matthew to rest in 1999, Ernest decided his gravestone should be something beautiful and unique. Something that would depict Matthew in his truest form, and would signify hope rather than grief.
Scroll down to see Matthew’s gravestone, and learn why it’s known as one of the most touching tombstones in the world…
In 1988, Matthew Stanford Robinson was born blind and paralyzed from the neck down as the result of oxygen loss.
Doctors told his parents, Ernest and Anneke, that Matthew would only live for a few hours.
But Matthew surpassed the doctors’ expectations. He lived a life full of love and faith.
Though he could only speak a few words, Matthew continued to inspire his family and entire community.
On Sunday, February 21, 1999, Matthew died in his sleep at the age of 11.
The church that held his funeral services was filled to capacity.
Matthew’s obituary included the following passage: “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.”