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Memories of loss can allow for time to face the grief

December 21st, 2017 Posted in International News Tags: ,

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EDMONTON, Alberta — When Gina Marini and her family gather for Christmas dinner, they will continue the tradition they started more than two decades ago: leaving an empty chair for the family patriarch, Giuseppe Arlia.

“This is a trying time for us,” said Marini, whose father died around Christmas.

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Hard lessons of living, dying and grief

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Catholic News Service

Hundreds of years ago, our Christian forebears sought to learn to die well. They even wrote guidebooks about the art of dying (“ars moriendi”), hoping to inspire others to achieve a sense of spiritual completion and fulfillment at life’s end.

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