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Mark Christian, Director of Catholic Cemeteries, Diocese of Wilmington

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Rather than focusing on loss and sadness, make an effort to...

Since March 2020, there have been various restrictions on large gatherings including funerals and memorial services. As time goes by we see some lessening of...

Sharing in your grief while making certain to keep people safe...

I have been honored to serve the local Catholic community as a Catholic cemetery employee for 43 years. I have spent most of my...

Choosing a Catholic cemetery helps provide lasting presence of Christ for...

The ministry of Catholic Cemeteries began at the foot of the cross on Good Friday when the disciples of Jesus arranged for his burial...

Proper disposition of a cremated body is important

Last year the parishes in the Diocese of Wilmington recorded 1,681 funerals with 417 of these being for cremated bodies. Of the 417 cremations,...

Viewpoint: A time to remember and celebrate those who have gone...

  In the upcoming days there will be commemorations and celebrations in memory of the dead. Beginning Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, those of Mexican...

40 years of changing customs in burial of the dead

    Executive director of Catholic Cemeteries considers the evolving American ways of mourning   It seems hard to believe that later this year I will have been...

Commentary: The conversation you need to have with loved ones

  After nearly 40 years of ministry to those who have lost loved ones, I am struck by how many individuals have never discussed their...

Viewpoint: The communion of saints

    November is an appropriate time for remembering in prayer those who have gone before us   In November we celebrate Thanksgiving, a national holiday when we...

Viewpoint: Catholic funeral rites are corporal and spiritual works of mercy

In recent years, the church leaders have wisely expressed deep concern over the growing lack of respect surrounding funerals and the proper care for...

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