Accompany Them with Singing: The Christian Funeral
Thomas Long begins this fascinating volume by describing how the Christian funeral developed historically, theologically, and liturgically, and then discusses recent cultural trends in funeral practices, including the rise in both cremations and memorial services. He describes the basic pattern for a funeral service, details options in funeral planning, identifies characteristics of a "good funeral," and provides thoughtful guidance for preaching at a funeral.
Long also notes a disturbing trend toward funeral services that seem theologically right and pastorally caring, but actually depart from the primary aims of the Christian funeral. He argues that a new, less-theological and less-satisfying service that focuses on the mourner has begun to erode the Christian view. He contrasts the ancient grand community drama with today's trend toward body-less memorial services that focus primarily on the living and grief management. This is a loss for the church, he argues, and he calls for the church to reclaim the classic metaphor.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nwbubba - LibraryThing
A prominent preacher and theologian, Thomas Long is a professor at Emory University. This book is the fruit of more than two decades researching the history and theology of funerals, and as Long puts ... Read full review
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Thought provoking book on the meaning of the funeral service that challenges the 21st century mind set that perhaps places too much emphasis on those left behind and not enough on honoring the ... Read full review