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Speakers address palliative care, pain management, treating ‘whole person’

Speakers address palliative care, pain management, treating ‘whole person’

| Jo Ann Zuniga | October 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

A woman religious suffering from metastatic breast cancer in the final stages received medication to ease severe pain and thanked the doctors and nurses.

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Patients, families urged to learn more about palliative, hospice care

Patients, families urged to learn more about palliative, hospice care

| October 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Palliative and hospice care “address the needs of the whole person, which is the foundation of Catholic health care,” said Sister Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity, who is president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association, based in St. Louis.

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How should ashes properly be handled after cremation?

How should ashes properly be handled after cremation?

| October 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

In 1963, the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued an instruction permitting cremation as long as it was not done as a sign of denial of the basic Christian belief in the resurrection of the dead.

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Catholic cemeteries bury the poor and forgotten

Catholic cemeteries bury the poor and forgotten

| Mark Pattison | October 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

It is not as if anyone has organized a parade or a public relations campaign to say so, but Catholic cemeteries around the country have, do and will bury the indigent and those whose bodies have gone unclaimed.

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Neglected works of mercy: burying, praying for forgotten dead

Neglected works of mercy: burying, praying for forgotten dead

| Carol Glatz | October 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

When a friend’s beloved dog died, Adrian Cruz dug a grave, prepared a box, cleaned the dog and helped bury the animal in a way that helped his grieving friend mourn the loss of her pet.

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Pope to honor fallen soldiers at American cemetery near Rome

Pope to honor fallen soldiers at American cemetery near Rome

| Junno Arocho Esteves | October 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis will commemorate all those who have died in war by celebrating Mass at an Italian cemetery where thousands of American soldiers killed during World War II are buried.

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A pastor’s funeral advice for the living: ‘Plan, plan, plan’

A pastor’s funeral advice for the living: ‘Plan, plan, plan’

| October 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Nativity of Our Lord in St. Paul hosted an end-of-life seminar Oct. 7 to offer information on funeral planning, pre-planning with funeral homes and cemeteries, medical assistance, veterans’ benefits, financial issues and related topics. Speakers at The Catholic Cemeteries event emphasized that advanced planning includes making and updating wills, selecting a funeral home and choosing burial sites, but that there are other important factors.

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Resurrection Cemetery buries fetal remains

Resurrection Cemetery buries fetal remains

| October 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Four times a year, remains of stillborn and miscarried babies arrive at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights, coming from two hospital networks in the Twin Cities.

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What’s in a wake? Prayer, sharing of memories, expert says

What’s in a wake? Prayer, sharing of memories, expert says

| October 26, 2016 | 2 Comments

John Cherek, director of Catholic Cemeteries, shared his thoughts about wakes with The Catholic Spirit.

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6 tips for funeral planning

6 tips for funeral planning

| October 22, 2015 | 4 Comments

When it comes to planning a funeral, families and loved ones have decisions to make, but pre-planning one’s funeral service can ease the burden by determining many details ahead of time.

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Hospice nurse puts faith at the forefront of comforting patients

Hospice nurse puts faith at the forefront of comforting patients

| October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Tom Cassidy says he has his mother to thank for his 27-year career with Our Lady of Peace in St. Paul.

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Retired hospice doctor:  ‘It’s not unhealthy to think about death’

Retired hospice doctor: ‘It’s not unhealthy to think about death’

| October 20, 2015 | 1 Comment

“It was there that I learned about the dying patient,” Thalhuber said of Our Lady of Good Counsel. “What they taught me about my own mortality is to trust and be grateful. And trust trumps all. When patients trusted, and were grateful for what they had accomplished and who they were, and knew who they were, it was a very powerful experience.”

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