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Cemeteries has tips for families after a death

The Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis offers some helpful advice to families who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Information needed for obituaries and death notices, insurance and other financial professionals and funeral and burial proceedings include:

• Time and place for funeral

• Time and place for visitation

• Birth date, birthplace and age

• Names of father and mother, their birthdays and places of birth

• Social Security number

• Veteran's discharge or claim number

• Education

• Marital status, date and place of marriage

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Friends create tradition to honor memory of Marine

Private First Class Victor Cartier’s grave at Resurrection Cemetery. For more than 40 years, friends of the young Marine, who was killed in Vietnam, have visited the gravesite during Memorial Day weekend to honor his memory.

Memorial Day weekend has a deep meaning for many people, a time to visit deceased loved ones in cemeteries. It's a way to remember and honor those who have gone before.

For more than 40 years, that tradition has been followed at Resurrection Cemetery in Affton by friends of a young Marine who died in Vietnam.

Catholic Cemeteries buries more than 2,200 individuals last year

An angel statue sits on top of a grave marker at Resurrection Cemetery

The Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis buried 2,276 individuals during the fiscal year July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011.

CALVARY in north St. Louis, with 477 acres, is one of the oldest cemeteries, dating from 1853. It was the busiest cemetery, with 829 burials last year.

RESURRECTION in Affton, with 302 acres, was founded in 1929. It was the second busiest, with 806 burials.

SACRED HEART in Florissant dates to 1874 and has 14 acres. It had 228 burials last year.

Couple sees light emerging from personal experience of abortion

Linda and Chuck Raymond stood outside of Planned Parenthood in Houston earlier this year. Since going public with their personal experience with abortion, the two have been ministering to others who have experienced a similar grief.

Chuck Raymond clearly remembers the moment a visiting priest came to his parish and spoke at Mass on the subject of abortion.

It was a moment in which the Holy Spirit was "calling me out," he said. More than two decades ago, when they were teenagers, he and his wife, Linda, made the decision to end their unplanned pregnancy with an abortion. It was a heartbreaking moment from their past that they shared with few.

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