Michaela Gallagher was a 16-year-old volunteer at the Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan Residence for the elderly poor in Somerville, Massachusetts, when she witnessed a human die for the first time in her young life.
Much attention was given to church teaching on assisted suicide and euthanasia when the Vatican released its Sept. 22 letter “‘Samaritanus bonus,’ on the Care of Persons in the Critical and Terminal Phases of Life,” but Sister Maureen Weiss focused on the document’s guidance on accompanying the dying, a key component to her vocation.
Tucked away at the backside of Maplewood Cemetery, past rows and rows of tombstones and markers, is a garden. Flower arrangements adorn spots here and there, but what truly grows in this garden are memories and love.
One Guatemalan couple is dealing with their grief through dance.