Good Funeral Death, Grief, and the Community of Care

ISBN-10: 066423853X

ISBN-13: 9780664238537

Edition: 2013

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Two of the most authoritative voices on the funeral industry come together here in one volume to discuss the current state of the funeral. Through their different lenses--one as a preacher and one as a funeral director--Thomas G. Long and Thomas Lynch alternately discuss several challenges facing "the good funeral," including the commercial aspects that have led many to be suspicious of funeral directors, the sometimes tense relationship between pastors and funeral directors, the tendency of modern funerals to exclude the body from the service, and the rapid growth in cremation. The book features forewords from Patrick Lynch, President of the National Funeral Directors Association, and Barbara Brown Taylor, highly praised author and preacher. It is an essential resource for funeral directors, morticians, and pastors, and anyone else interested in current funeral practices.
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 9/6/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Thomas Lynch lives in Milford, Michigan, where he is the funeral director.

Foreword
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Preface
Why We Do This
How We Come to Be the Ones We Are
Falling into Ministry, Learning about Death
Caring for the Dead
Humanity 101
Habeas Corpus … Not
Funeral Directors and Clergy
Our Own Worst Enemies
Funeral Directors … Who Needs Them?
The Funeral
The Theory and Practice of Cremation
A Sense of Movement, a Sense of Meaning, a Sense of Hope: The Good Funeral
The Grieving
Grief and the Search for Meaning
All Saints, All Souls: A Coda
Notes
Index
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