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Catholic Cemeteries to open Divine Mercy Mausoleum

Rendering of Divine Mercy image, courtesy of D & J Glass and Sign.

A new mausoleum at Resurrection Cemetery in Affton is being described as a "peaceful garden."

Work on the Divine Mercy Mausoleum started last May, and work is expected to be completed in time for the Christmas season, according to Tom Kuehner, Catholic Cemeteries superintendent and foreman.

Camp brings magic to kids grieving loss of a loved one

Amy Berry proudly displayed a butterfly that landed on her finger during Camp MAGIC last summer. The one-day camp for children ages 6-12 who a grieving the loss of a loved one, is sponsored by SSM Hospice and Home Care Foundation.

Amy Berry loves sharing stories of her older brother, Gus.

Like the times they made super-tall Lego towers. Or how he loved dinosaurs. His favorite was the T-Rex. Gus and Amy got along pretty well for siblings. He called his little sister "Amers" -- and "he was really caring," she said.

Catholic Cemeteries offers card as a special remembrance

Marilyn Kramer, a cemetery counselor at Resurrection Cemetery, helped create a special memorial card to reach out to families who have lost a baby. The card includes a place where the family can record the details of where their child is buried.

When Marilyn Kramer was hired as cemetery counselor at Resurrection Cemetery a year ago, she became one of the first faces families encountered.

Some of those families were there to make arrangements to bury an infant. And those were the stories that especially broke her heart.

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Archdiocese to host Nov. 5 enrichment day for grief ministers

The archdiocesan Office of Laity and Family Life is sponsoring an enrichment day for grief ministers and others involved in the ministry of consolation from 9:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Holy Spirit Parish, 3130 Parkwood Lane in Maryland Heights.

Deadline to register is today, Oct. 28.

Several presenters will address a number of topics related to grief. They include:

Family shows love cannot be counted by chromosomes

The Crosier family, from left, includes Sean, Scott, Sheryl, baby Simon and Samuel. They are shows in Simon's hospital room in 2010.

The Crosier family understands that love cannot be counted by chromosomes alone.

Last September, Scott and Sheryl Crosier welcomed into their family a son, Simon Dominic Crosier, who was born with trisomy 18, a genetic disorder that includes an extra chromosome 18. Less than 10 percent of all babies born with trisomy 18 live until their first birthdays, according to the trisomy 18 Foundation.

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