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No One Buried Alone

ROYAL PALM BEACH | A No One Buried Alone memorial service, during which the cremated remains of more than 100 souls will be laid to rest, is set for noon Friday, Dec. 2, in the outdoor chapel at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery, 10941 Southern Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach.

Every deceased person deserves to have a dignified burial. That is the message behind No One Buried Alone, a partnership that began in 2011 between the Diocese of Palm Beach, Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery and the Palm Beach County Division of Human Services. All of the deceased were either abandoned at death or died with no family or friends to take care of funeral arrangements. The community is invited to attend and pray that God grants them eternal rest.

The presider at the service will be Father Gabriel Ghanoum, director of the No One Buried Alone ministry, who is also director of palliative and spiritual care at HCA Florida JFK Hospital in Atlantis, affiliated associate professor for the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and pastor of St. Nicholas Melkite Greek Catholic Parish in Delray Beach.

Father Ghanoum accepts responsibility for the remains when no one else comes forward and provides a loving and dignified burial service. The cremains are placed in a special crypt at the cemetery.

For more information about the cemetery and how to donate to the No One Buried Alone ministry, visit

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