The Good Funeral: Death, Grief, and the Community of Care
by Thomas G. Long and Thomas Lynch
See the April 2014 issue of The Companion for a review of this book!
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. It is an essential resource for funeral directors, morticians, and pastors, and anyone else interested in current funeral practices.