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Catholic Cemeteries: Dying to Talk…


By Kathy Fanger

Cindy Safe, Advance Directives presenter, tells the story of a grandfather who always hosted his extended family’s Christmas dinner. At a recent Christmas, before he permitted everyone to eat, the grandfather gathered his family all around him to share his end-of-life plans. They were a captive audience and everyone, young and old, heard him state his wishes. His health care, estate plans, burial and funeral services were all planned and clearly documented.

Being clear about your last wishes can make death easier for you and your loved ones.
Conversations about death and dying can be difficult. We live in an American society that seems to deny death. Eighty percent of people will die in an institutional setting, receiving care in a medical culture that often views death as a failure. It need not be this way.

Conversations about death are difficult because they are multifaceted and complex. Yet, studies have shown that discussions between family members can greatly improve end-of-life planning and decision-making.

Have you completed your own end-of-life plans?
Do you have an Advance Directive? A Living Will or Trust? Burial Property, Final Expense Insurance? Your wishes for Catholic Funeral services documented? Have you shared any of your plans with your loved ones?

End of Life Planning can seem overwhelming. Many procrastinate and do not know where to begin. We get caught up in, what we consider, other more pressing priorities. Surely we will not get sick and die anytime soon. Yet end of life plans deserve restful and mindful focus.

Let us help make the steps easier.
Catholic Cemeteries can assist you with end-of-life planning and it’s free. We will listen to your wishes, discuss the components you need to have in place, and assist you with burial options, finance plans, and funeral services.

You choose a Catholic Cemetery because it is your final statement of faith. You choose to rest among believers where loved ones gather to pray for you, trusting you will be reunited one day in the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though they die; and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
John 11:25-26

Make life about relationships – not the logistics.
Give the gift of peace of mind to your family and complete your estate planning today. Help lift the emotional and financial burden from your loved ones by making the difficult decisions now. Catholic Cemeteries will provide assistance and resources to help with all your end-of-life planning needs. Let us assist you in protecting your loved ones and your legacy.

Call us today for a free appointment and to receive our Legacy Planning Guide – a comprehensives step-by-step booklet to document important end-of-life information and your wishes at (650) 549-6059.

To receive information on end-of-life planning, text “PLAN” to 77453, or see our ad on the back page for more details.

Upcoming Workshops

Death Café
June 20, 7–9 p.m. (3rd Wednesday each month)
890 Benton St. Santa Clara, CA
Facilitator: Candee Lucas, M.A. Pastoral Ministries
Want a safe place to talk about death, dying, what it means? How do we participate or incorporate dying into our lives as we come upon that experience? Space provided by Santa Clara University Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries. For more information: deathcafe.com/deathcafe.

The following is endorsed by Catholic Cemeteries:
Caregivers’ Support Group
June 7, 7-8:30 p.m.
Santa Teresa Parish – SJC Conference Room, behind Parish Office
794 Calera Ave., San Jose
As a caregiver, how can you take care of yourself? Do you feel overwhelmed, unappreciated, frustrated? You are not alone. For more information, please contact Gina Masero at maserogina@gmail.com.

For more information or to schedule a free workshop in your parish, contact the Outreach Department at (650) 428-3730 x508 or cemeteryinfo@dsj.org.