THE GOOD FUNERAL:
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 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.”
About the Authors
Thomas G. Long
is Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and one of the most popular preachers in the United States today. He is the author of many books, including Accompany Them With Singing—The Christian Funeral and The Witness of Preaching.
is a funeral director and the author of several books of essays, poems, and short stories. His book, The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade won an American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His work has been the subject of two documentary films including the Emmy Award-winning The Undertaking (PBS Frontline, 2007).