Blog Posts in 2018

Collective Trauma: Grief after a National Tragedy

In the wake of a tragedy such as the Parkland Shooting, we collectively grieve. Even though we may not have known the victims personally, it’s hard to process such a complex emotion as grief. We ...
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Scripture Readings Appropriate for a Catholic Funeral

Scripture readings are an important part of a Catholic Funeral. Through the reading of the scriptures, the Paschal Mystery is proclaimed to the assembly, the remembrance of the dead is taught, the ...
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Benefits of Ritual in a Catholic Funeral

When a death occurs, Catholics are free to choose a traditional funeral or decide to go with a more modern service. Funerals give us an opportunity to say goodbye to a loved one, begin to heal and ...
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Choosing Music for a Catholic Funeral

Music is a big part of any funeral service, but in a Catholic service, it’s particularly meaningful. The right music can be uplifting, and music at a Catholic funeral is often full of hope. The ...
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Grieving at Easter

Grief is difficult, but during a holiday season, it’s often even harder. When celebrations are going on around us, we sometimes feel pressured to put on a happy face. Easter can be especially ...
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How Does a Catholic Funeral Differ from a Protestant Funeral?

If you’re a Protestant, and you’re preparing to attend a Catholic funeral, you may wonder if it will be a completely new experience. You may even be nervous, wondering if your inexperience ...
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Grieving the Loss of a Spouse

While all loss is painful, the loss of a spouse is unique. Losing a husband or wife is unlike any other loss, and it can be overwhelming, because this person was your partner in life. No one knew you ...
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Funeral Planning while Grieving a Suicide

The loss of a loved one is always difficult, but losing one to suicide is particularly devastating. If you’ve lost someone in this way, your own feelings may be conflicted, and your distress ...
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Cremation and the Catholic Funeral

Many people have questions and concerns about the Catholic Church’s stance on cremation. This is understandable, because the church’s position has shifted over the years. Prior to 1963, ...
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Are there Benefits to Advanced Funeral Arrangement?

For some Catholics, many facets of their funeral are a foregone conclusion. Maybe you’ve always known you’ll be buried in a family plot, or maybe you’ve long-attended a church with ...
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Commonly Asked Questions About a Catholic Cemetery

You have probably driven by a Catholic cemetery, perhaps noticed its serene beauty, stately statuary and tranquil areas for reflection. Have you ever wondered what makes it a Catholic cemetery? Is ...
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