Families of individuals who are buried or entombed in the three Diocese of Wilmington cemeteries - Cathedral, All Saints and Gate of Heaven - may now create and share free online memories of their deceased loved ones. The memorials, which can include stories and photographs, will be permanently displayed alongside a departed individual’s listing in the cemetery’s online database that became available last year.
“The online database has allowed families to access records of pertinent information about their deceased loved ones, and the cemetery and location where they are buried or entombed,” said Mark Christian, executive director of Catholic Cemeteries for the Diocese of Wilmington. “Now when visitors search our burial database they can share memories, stories and photos on the memorial pages of their deceased family and friends. We are hoping that they submit this information so that we can build an online history book of the local community. We see this as a great opportunity to preserve our past for future generations. Everyone’s life story deserves to be remembered.”
This effort to document life stories and legacies is possible through a partnership with webcemeteries.com, a cemetery technology company with hundreds of clients across the United States.
To access the online memorial page, go to www.cdow.org/cemeteries, single click on the burial database on drop-down menu, select a cemetery or search all, enter the name of the deceased, click on name and click on tabs as needed. All information submitted will be reviewed and approved before being placed on the website. More information can be obtained by calling Cathedral Cemetery in Wilmington at 302-656-3323, All Saints Cemetery between Wilmington and Newark at 302-737-2524, or Gate of Heaven in Dagsboro at 302-731-1937.
More information about Catholic Cemeteries Inc. of the Diocese of Wilmington is available at www.cdow.org.