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November 6, 2018
Catholic Church honors lost loved ones in “Gather Them Home” service

Twenty sets of cremains were blessed during a special Mass held Friday at St. Joseph Cemetery. After Robyn Hansen’s mother …

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October 29, 2018
In this cemetery, after dark, students pray for the dead

Denver, Colo., (CNA).- An after-dark walk through a cemetery in late October seems like a night pulled straight from a …

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August 14, 2018
Homeless Detroit man laid to rest, thanks to a friend

At a corner near Interstate 75 in downtown Detroit, an unlikely friendship developed six years ago between Tiffany Brocker, a …

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February 22, 2018
Unclaimed by family, cremated remains of 300 found at shuttered funeral home laid to rest

FLINT TWP, MI – The muted winter sun peeked into the mausoleum as the teens arranged hundreds of black cardboard …

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December 11, 2017
Saints, holy figures come back to life at first ‘Night in the Cemetery’

The week before Halloween, the dead rose from the graves at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. It was much less frightening than …

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December 11, 2017
Dying alone: The story of Lansing’s unclaimed bodies

LANSING — James Buckmaster died alone. His body was found only after his elderly neighbor noticed he wasn’t picking up …

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December 11, 2017
Hundreds of bodies, long unclaimed by family, laid to rest in Lansing

LANSING — The cremated remains of more than 300 people — long unclaimed by family and friends — were finally …

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December 11, 2017
The Diocese of Portland names John Fencik as director of cemeteries

The Diocese of Portland announced that John Fencik was named the new director of cemeteries. Most recently, Fencik was the …

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February 9, 2017
How we face death reveals our love for life

    Gary Schaaf is the Executive Director for the Archdiocese Mortuary and Cemeteries. “Even the weakest and most vulnerable, …

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June 21, 2017
Strangers gather to ensure man who lived alone wouldn’t be buried that way

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee County provides burial for anyone without family, or whose family can’t afford a burial. Now the first …

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