A Perspective on the Archdiocesan Cemeteries of Philadelphia & Catholic Burial Traditions
Our humanity is defined by the mortality that comes with life. We are born, we die, and in between we contemplate certain universal questions:
- How do we deal with loss and with the grief that follows?
- What happens to us after death?
- How do we continue with our lives following the death of a loved one?
In 2012, my wife, Nadine, lost a five-year struggle with lung cancer. While I knew that Nadine’s cancer was terminal, the grief and loss that followed was no less profound. How would I go on? How would I hold my family together and continue to nurture and direct my three twenty-something sons? How would I resume my life?
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“A Perspective on the Archdiocesan Cemeteries of Philadelphia & Catholic Burial Traditions,” by Lewis J. Hoch was published in the February 2018 issue of Catholic Cemetery. Reprinted with permission.