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Death

5 Christian symbols on gravestones and their meaning

The next time you visit a cemetery, look for these symbols with ancient Christian symbolism.

9 Popular films that nurture our belief in life after death

Hollywood seems to understand our yearning to be reunited with loved ones and that, for many of us, death is not the end.

Pray this prayer for your deceased parents

The prayer asks God to permit that we may see them again in the "joy of everlasting brightness."

The key to having a peaceful death

None of us can afford to put off St. Alphonsus Ligouri's 3 tips on preparing for the afterlife.

10 Hopeful quotes about death from the saints

The saints understood that death gives way to a new life in Jesus Christ.

How the Eucharist can connect us to our deceased relatives and friends

While death can seem like a wide separation, those who died in grace are closer to us than they were on earth.

St. John Paul II’s first 3 Masses were for his mom, dad and brother on All Souls Day

He knew it was the greatest gift he could give them as a newly ordained priest.

Why this photographer dad is capturing the “story of miscarriage” (Photos)

Devin Travieso has always been drawn to other people's stories, and these new stories hit home.

Did you know R.I.P. is a Latin prayer?

The abbreviation frequently found on gravestones has an ancient history tied to Catholic funeral ceremonies.

5 of the most beautiful, awe-inspiring cemeteries in the world

These magnificent graveyards, while associated with grief and sadness, impart a feeling of great hope.

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