Remembering Well: Rituals for Celebrating Life and Mourning Death

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 28, 2002 - Religion - 240 pages
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Remembering Well offers family members, clergy, funeral professionals, and hospice workers ways to plan services and rituals that honor the spirit of the deceased and are faithful to that person's values and beliefs, while also respecting the needs and wishes of those who will attAnd the services. It is an essential resource for anyone who yearns to put death in a spiritual context but is unsure how to do so-including both those who have broken with tradition and those who wish to give new meaning to the time-honored rituals of their faith.

The real-life stories, examples, and practical guidelines in this book address a wide array of important issues, including the difficult decisions that survivors must make quickly when a death occurs-and the sensitive topic of family alienation, where possibilities for healing, forgiveness, and hope are explored. The invaluable insights offered here will help those who grieve to prepare mind and spirit for life's final rites of passage.

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Chapter 1 Giving Sorrow Words
Chapter 2 In Loving Memory
Chapter 3 Inviting Holy Space
Chapter 4 Decisions
Chapter 5 Soul Sketch
Chapater 6 All Deaths Are Not Equal
Chapter 7 Family Ties and Family Lies
Resource 1 Between Death and Committal
Resource 2 Five Services Created by Families and Friends
Resource 3 Readings Prayers and Blessings
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The Author

Chapter 8 Earth Air Fire Water
Chapter 9 The Seasons of Grief

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SARAH YORK As a Unitarian Universalist Minister (MDiv, Harvard Divinity School), Sarah York has been involved in planning many funerals and memorial services. She has served three diverse congregations in the past eighteen years and currently resides near Asheville, North Carolina.

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