Meaningful Funerals Paperback
Meeting the Theological and Pastoral Challenge in a Postmodern Era
by Ewan Kelly;
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The argument for the co-construction of funerals is informed by contemporary models of grief and Kelly's own experience with bereaved parents who worked with hospital chaplains to co-construct funerals for their babies. Co-construction is a process which is centred on listening and empowering, and involves offering the bereaved choices from a range of ritual resources (sacred and secular) in order to help them shape their funeral's content. It is a model of ritual construction which requires time, availability and risk-taking on the part of the ritual leader but which significantly helps the spiritual needs of the bereaved to be met. Moreover, such a process facilitates sensitive regulation of grief in an age where its privatisation has meant the bereaved are often bereft of a means by which to benchmark their feelings, behaviour and decision making.
2. The postmodern context and the recognition of a need for ritual
3. Grieving in a postmodern era
4. Being and doing in the pastoral and spiritual care of the bereaved
5. Ritualising death - formal and informal moments
6. Co-construction - meeting spiritual needs and facilitating grief
7. Co-construction - opportunities for the church
8. Paradigm shifts
Appendix: Ritual resources - sacred and secular
Meaningful Funerals by Ewan Kelly was published by T&T Clark Ltd in August 2008 and is our 22090th best seller. The ISBN for Meaningful Funerals is 9781906286149.
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|Page last updated||4th March 2012|
|Author / Artist||Ewan Kelly|
|Publisher||T&T Clark Ltd (August 2008)|
|Number of Pages||176|