Welcome to the TCC Blog. Here you’ll find helpful articles and information about all the things we care so much about here at The Catholic Cemeteries. New content is published every other week, so check back often to see what’s new!

Rest in Peace

What do we mean when we say “rest in peace?” The phrase was first found on tombstones sometime before the fifth century, typically in Latin, requiescat in pace. The words were part of a prayer, wishing the “soul of the faithful departed” rest and peace in eternal...

Why Memorial Day is More than Just a Holiday

As spring ushers in warmer weather and blossoming flowers, it also brings forth a solemn occasion deeply woven into the fabric of American culture: Memorial Day.

Memorial Day

It’s easy to take Memorial Day for granted as a 3-day weekend with opportunities for fun, travel, grilling, or simply having extra personal time. It’s much more meaningful to focus on why the holiday exists.

What is a Cemetery Permanent Care Fund?

We care deeply for our cemeteries and are committed to caring for them long after we’re all gone. That’s why our Permanent Care Fund exists.

The Comfort of Casual Connections: Finding Solace in Soft Ties

A smile, a wave, or even a brief hello can bring solace to someone experiencing grief, even if we’re unaware of the depth of their pain. We can both seek comfort in these soft connections and become the soft connection for others in need.

Afraid to Say the Wrong Thing to Someone in Grief?

None of us will ever be an expert on grief, but we can be caring, compassionate individuals who want to help someone in pain.

Are your plans ready?

They say death and taxes are the only two certainties in life. Death, we can’t predict, but we do know it’s going to come. Are your plans ready?

Butterfly

A Sacred Space to Heal: Why Cemeteries Have Dedicated Children’s Sections

Cemeteries understand the profound grief of parents and loved ones, offering special and meaningful ways to honor and remember these precious souls who have departed.

Tree with hearts

Valentine’s Day Grief

Whether the loss occurred recently or years ago, occasions like this can stir up grief.

Who owns that grave?

There’s an open space that was originally purchased many years ago by your deceased relative; who owns the space now and who can be buried there?

Why is a Memorial Service so Important?

Think of life’s milestones; we celebrate and honor people on their birthdays, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, even retirement. Why stop when the person dies? Shouldn’t their death be equally significant in marking their journey to eternal life?

Endings and Beginnings

Just as in the depths of winter, light gives us hope for the sunny days of summer, so it is with transition. We will go through a neutral zone of darkness, but it won’t last forever. The light will come again.

How Do I Find Where Someone is Buried?

Finding where someone is buried can be a poignant and meaningful journey, offering closure and a deeper connection to your family’s history.

Memorial Donations

Donating in memory of someone is a special way to contribute to a cause, organization, or a community while recognizing and honoring a loved one. This year, The Catholic Cemeteries is hosting a Christmas Fundraiser for Open Door Pantry. With each memorial donation, 1 ornament will be added to the Christmas trees at both Resurrection & Gethsemane Cemeteries.

Grief and the Holidays

Laughter, family, decorations, and special meals fill the holidays. However, when a significant person in your life has died, the holidays can be exhausting, with painful reminders of all the many things that have been lost. How do you navigate the holiday season when you are in grief?

Unveiling the Sacred: Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day

As the autumn leaves fall and the air grows crisp, the Catholic Church prepares to observe three significant days: Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day.

Cenotaphs

A commemorative monument dedicated to a person or group of people buried elsewhere.

Grieving the Unspoken Loss

Losing a loved one is difficult and life changing for everyone. However, when the grief is hidden, silent in the hearts of those who have had a miscarriage or stillbirth, the pain can be especially difficult. Having a public, community event with music, prayer, and ritual honoring those loved ones who died before birth can help families have a safe place to grieve, to name their loss, and honor their child.

Grief, Healing, and the Importance of Memorialization

Having a permanent place to visit a loved one who has died and to see the person’s name and their permanent resting place has been important to the grieving and healing process since the beginning of time.

Why use a Catholic Cemetery?

Our message to all who come to us is one of hope.

Labyrinth Grief Retreat

Labyrinth Grief Retreat – Walking a path of prayer and meditation for healing

casket

The Importance of Ritual

Humans are ritualistic, whether it is the pattern one follows when rising and preparing for the day, singing “Happy Birthday” to mark their appearance in the world, or how one performs certain chores. Rituals surrounding death provide a concrete way for the living to begin the painful process of continuing life in the midst of grief, supported by the Church and her members.

What does it mean when a cemetery is listed as being “closed”?

What does it mean when a cemetery is “closed”?

What to do with Cremated Remains

Let’s think twice about how we value our loved ones in death as we await the resurrection

What is the difference between regular and direct cremation?

Differences between regular and direct cremation.

Can Non-Catholics be buried in a Catholic Cemetery?

At The Catholic Cemeteries we believe that each human body has housed the breath of God. It needs to be respected and have a place of repose where the memory of that individual will not be forgotten.

Why Do Some People Wear A Red Poppy on Memorial Day?

Why do some people wear a red poppy on Memorial Day?

Memorial Day Interesting Facts

Memorial Day facts that you may not know

What do you do when you visit the grave of someone special to you?

What do you do when visiting a cemetery? Here’s some suggestions.

Why was the Natural Burial area burned?

Prairie Restoration conducted a controlled burn this past week in our Natural Burial area. Why have something like this in a cemetery?

How did Memorial Day Begin?

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military.

When is the Right Time to Pre-Plan?

We are so good at planning for everything other than our death. It’s important to start the conversation….

Preparing for Heaven

Think about how long one spends in preparing to meet God…. the services, burial, and many details. Seems like we need to rethink how long we take in making some major decisions. We look at preparation for death to cover the 3-legged stool: cemetery, Church, and funeral home.

Memorialization

Why is memorialization so important after a loved one passes away?

Why can’t I decorate the grave the way I want?

Decorating a loved one’s gravesite is a part of personalizing their memorial and remembering them. However, every cemetery has a specific decoration policy to ensure safety of visitors and maintain the grounds.

Mummy Cremains

Mummy? Cremains? Let’s get the proper title for human remains.

Winter Burials at the Cemetery

While this winter has not been the coldest in history, it is one of the snowiest.

Rest in Peace

Rest in Peace

What do we mean when we say “rest in peace?” The phrase was first found on tombstones sometime before the fifth century, typically in Latin, requiescat in pace. The words were part of a prayer, wishing the “soul of the faithful departed” rest and peace in eternal...

read more
Memorial Day

Memorial Day

It’s easy to take Memorial Day for granted as a 3-day weekend with opportunities for fun, travel, grilling, or simply having extra personal time. It’s much more meaningful to focus on why the holiday exists.

read more
Are your plans ready?

Are your plans ready?

They say death and taxes are the only two certainties in life. Death, we can’t predict, but we do know it’s going to come. Are your plans ready?

read more
Who owns that grave?

Who owns that grave?

There’s an open space that was originally purchased many years ago by your deceased relative; who owns the space now and who can be buried there?

read more
Why is a Memorial Service so Important?

Why is a Memorial Service so Important?

Think of life’s milestones; we celebrate and honor people on their birthdays, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, even retirement. Why stop when the person dies? Shouldn’t their death be equally significant in marking their journey to eternal life?

read more
Endings and Beginnings

Endings and Beginnings

Just as in the depths of winter, light gives us hope for the sunny days of summer, so it is with transition. We will go through a neutral zone of darkness, but it won’t last forever. The light will come again.

read more
Memorial Donations

Memorial Donations

Donating in memory of someone is a special way to contribute to a cause, organization, or a community while recognizing and honoring a loved one. This year, The Catholic Cemeteries is hosting a Christmas Fundraiser for Open Door Pantry. With each memorial donation, 1 ornament will be added to the Christmas trees at both Resurrection & Gethsemane Cemeteries.

read more
Grief and the Holidays

Grief and the Holidays

Laughter, family, decorations, and special meals fill the holidays. However, when a significant person in your life has died, the holidays can be exhausting, with painful reminders of all the many things that have been lost. How do you navigate the holiday season when you are in grief?

read more
Cenotaphs

Cenotaphs

A commemorative monument dedicated to a person or group of people buried elsewhere.

read more
Grieving the Unspoken Loss

Grieving the Unspoken Loss

Losing a loved one is difficult and life changing for everyone. However, when the grief is hidden, silent in the hearts of those who have had a miscarriage or stillbirth, the pain can be especially difficult. Having a public, community event with music, prayer, and ritual honoring those loved ones who died before birth can help families have a safe place to grieve, to name their loss, and honor their child.

read more
The Importance of Ritual

The Importance of Ritual

Humans are ritualistic, whether it is the pattern one follows when rising and preparing for the day, singing “Happy Birthday” to mark their appearance in the world, or how one performs certain chores. Rituals surrounding death provide a concrete way for the living to begin the painful process of continuing life in the midst of grief, supported by the Church and her members.

read more
Preparing for Heaven

Preparing for Heaven

Think about how long one spends in preparing to meet God…. the services, burial, and many details. Seems like we need to rethink how long we take in making some major decisions. We look at preparation for death to cover the 3-legged stool: cemetery, Church, and funeral home.

read more