I was summoned to Our Lady of Peace Hospice in St. Paul about two years ago to meet with a terminal woman who wanted to complete her own funeral arrangements. While not a typical request, I would say I meet a few times each year with a person facing the end of their days on… Read more
Many evenings during the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s I would gather the people attending a visitation, seat them and ready the podium microphone for VFW or American Legion rituals. It was the era of the World War II veterans, and as the years passed, the numbers of them have continued to dwindle. Large in number,… Read more
It has been quite a few months since I have written about COVID difficulties and the obstacles to proper farewells the pandemic has wrought on grieving families. The emails I receive daily contain information from the state health department, churches, cemeteries, and caterers that address difficulties in providing services that meet the needs of family… Read more
Sr. Elizabeth Delmore, CSJ gathered us all together at the grave of John Thomas Delmore. It was August, 1974 on a warm day in the St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lyndon Station, Wisconsin. It was a Delmore family reunion that culminated with a prayer service at the grave of the Delmore American family founder. The nun with… Read more
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