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Your Guide to Pre-Planning a Catholic Burial

Today, many Catholics are opting for a prearranged burial in San Jose to help ensure that their funeral service is carried out in the way that they wish and to remove the burden of funeral planning ...
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What Not to Wear to a Funeral

When it comes to showing respect for the deceased individual and his or her surviving family, wearing the right attire to the funeral service is essential. Are you planning to attend a Catholic burial ...
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What to Do Following the Passing of a Loved One

The sudden loss of a family member can feel shocking and overwhelming, and it’s not uncommon for people to have questions about what to do next in this situation. If you need to make Catholic ...
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The Benefits of Joining a Support Group After Losing Someone

As anyone who has lost someone close to them knows, the grieving process doesn’t end with the conclusion of the burial or memorial service. Everyone grieves in his or her own way, and you are ...
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Reasons Why Many People Take Advantage of Pre-Need Burial Planning

Planning the funeral service and burial of a loved one can be a difficult process, especially if you are unsure about what the deceased would have wanted. Pre-planning funeral and burial services can ...
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What Music Is Appropriate for a Catholic Funeral Service?

The music that is played during a funeral service can help to bring peace to those mourning the loss of their loved one. This music can also celebrate the life and faith of the deceased. For Catholic ...
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Understanding Grief Triggers

Everyone experiences grief in a different way. However, something that is common for many people after the loss of a loved one is to experience grief triggers. If you are in the process of planning a ...
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Learn More about Catholic Funerals and Cremation

Different cultures and religions have varying funeral customs that can change with time. If you or a loved one is Catholic, you may be wondering whether cremation is a part of Catholic funeral ...
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A Brief Look at the Catholic Vigil Service

Before holding a burial service in San Jose for a Catholic decedent, it is customary to arrange a vigil. It is preferred that the vigil be held within a Catholic church, although it may be held at a ...
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Does the Catholic Faith Allow Embalming?

When Pope John Paul II passed into the loving arms of the Lord, the Vatican officials announced that he had not been embalmed, but had been “prepared” for the viewing by the faithful. ...
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Restrictions on Holding Catholic Funerals

When a loved one returns home to the Lord, the Catholic funeral services are a way to offer comfort to the mourners and prayers for the decedent. Families will need to coordinate the date of the ...
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Recommended Readings for Your Pre-Planned Funeral

Funeral planning is often done on an at-need basis, but the Catholic Church does allow parishioners to make pre-need funeral arrangements in San Jose. A prearranged funeral relieves your loved ones of ...
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The Remarkable History of Calvary Cemetery

When it comes to Catholic funerals in San Jose, you’ll want to make sure that you choose a cemetery that you can trust. Calvary Catholic Cemetery has been specializing in Catholic burials and ...
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What Does the Vatican Say About Cremation?

A Catholic funeral in San Jose should be done according to Catholic values, but what does that mean when it comes to cremation ? A person who has passed away still deserves respect, and his or her ...
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Understanding the Last Rites

A Catholic memorial service in San Jose is not complete without last rites, but not everyone fully understands what that means or how it works. When you live your life devoted to your religion, you ...
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The Answers to Your Questions About Pre-Need Funeral Planning

Planning a funeral arrangement in San Jose can be a stressful experience for the family, but you can take some of the stress out of the whole process by planning a funeral ahead of time. There’s ...
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Coming Together During the First Christmas After a Death

Christmas is a joyous time to celebrate the birth of the savior, but after a death in the family this holiday can also serve as a reminder of your deceased loved one. Long after attending the Catholic ...
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The Mourner's Guide to Selecting a Funeral Home

After a loved one has passed on and the family has gathered to pray and reflect, it’s time to contact a funeral home to take the body. Give some thought to the selection of the funeral home your ...
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A Look at Gate of Heaven Cemetery

Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose offers peaceful Catholic burials at three locations in the San Jose area, including Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos. This Catholic cemetery has been ...
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Join Us for the Afternoon of Remembrance

As the celebration of the birth of Christ draws nearer, many families feel renewed grief for their loved ones who have passed on before them. Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose is offering ...
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Talking to Children About Attending a Funeral

Death is a difficult event for every member of your family, no matter how young or old they are. It can be particularly challenging to talk to children about the death of a loved one, as you may not ...
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Learning About Burial Options for Your Lost Loved One

Losing a loved one is never easy. When someone you love passes away, you may feel a broad range of emotions, ranging from sadness to anger and many points in between. Depending on whether your loved ...
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Workshops Available at Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose

Coping with the death can be a lifelong journey, whether you are coming to grips with your own mortality or facing the loss of a loved one. At the Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose, we ...
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What to Expect During a Vigil

A traditional Catholic funeral in San Jose consists of a few different elements. If you are not sure what to expect during the funeral service, you can read up on Catholic traditions. The vigil, also ...
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Should Children Attend a Funeral Mass and Interment?

Though death is a natural part of life, it can be a trying and emotional time for those who were close to the person who passed away. All family members are affected by a death, even if they are too ...
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