A Fitting End
"For all our present day sophistication, the subject of death - its inevitability and its finality - remains largely undiscussed. When a death occurs, clergy and other professionals working with bereaved families encounter not only a broad range of human...
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"For all our present day sophistication, the subject of death - its inevitability and its finality - remains largely undiscussed. When a death occurs, clergy and other professionals working with bereaved families encounter not only a broad range of human emotions, but widely varying ideas about what death means, and vastly differing expectations of what should happen at the funeral. Added complications can and do occur. A tragic death may plunge an entire community into grief, or a hidden relationship may emerge. Every death is different and makes unique pastoral demands." "This book equips all those who deal with the bereaved to fulfil their responsibilities with compassion and understanding, and to ask important questions about their own mortality. Undergirding the very practical guidance that is offered is an informative survey of the many ways - some quite extraordinary - that death is regarded today. At a time of helplessness and vulnerability, A Fitting End will be an invaluable guide to sharing the Christian hope of life unending."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
This very practical resource offers a well-informed guide to an aspect of ministry that every single priest or minister will encounter. It is one of the most difficult tasks, yet many embark on it with very little theological or practical training. They will encounter a wide range of beliefs about death and the afterlife in today's secular society, such as can be seen in the death notices of local newspapers - grandma goes to sleep, is reunited with grandpa, becomes an angel or a star in heaven. They need a resource that equips them to deal sensitively and wisely with the variety of demands that will be made of them in the planning and conduct of funerals and in helping the bereaved to understand that resurrection is God's response to death's terrible finality.
Hugh James is a parish priest and Area Dean of Emlym in West Wales. He studied fumerals for an MA from the University of Wales and lectures on the subject in pre- and post-ordination training at St Michael's College, Cardiff.