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008 090227s2009 kyu b 001 0 eng
010 _a 2009008877
020 _a9780664233198 (alk. paper)
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035 _a(Nz)13124655
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050 0 0 _aBV199.F8
_b.L66 2009
082 0 0 _a265/.85
100 1 _aLong, Thomas G.,
245 1 0 _aAccompany them with singing :
_bthe Christian funeral /
_cThomas G. Long.
260 _aLouisville, KY :
_bWestminster John Knox Press,
263 _a200910
300 _axvi, 224 p. ;
_c24 cm.
504 _aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 203-213) and index.
505 0 _aMarking death : human rituals, Christian practices -- On bodies shunned and bodies raised -- The future of the dead in Christ -- Whatever happened to the Christian funeral -- The funeral as worshipful drama -- In the hour of our death -- The marks of a good funeral -- Planning the funeral : practical matters -- Telling the truth about life and death : preaching at funerals -- Difficult funerals.
520 1 _a"Thomas Long begins 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.".
520 8 _a"But 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 constructed around the metaphor of the deceased as a saint traveling on a baptismal journey toward God, accompanied by the community of faith on "the last mile of the way." He argues that the cultural conditions for maintaining this view are under stress and a new, less-theological and less-satisfying metaphor 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."--BOOK JACKET.
650 0 _aFuneral service.
999 _c31462