Good Funeral: The Death, Grief, and the Community of Care
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...
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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.
Thomas Lynch lives in Milford, Michigan, where he is the funeral director.
Dr. Thomas G. Long (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology, Emory University.
Dr. Long's research interests are homiletical theory and biblical hermeneutics and preaching. He also is doing research on the theology and practice of Christian funerals.
His publications include The Witness of Preaching, Second Edition (Westminster John Knox 2005); Testimony: Talking Ourselves into Being Christian (Jossey Bass 2004); Beyond the Worship Wars: Building Vital and Faithful Worship (Alban Institute 2001); Hebrews (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching) (Westminster John Knox 1997) and Matthew (Westminster Bible Companion Series) (Westminster John Knox 1997).
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