At lunch with a friend, the “death” of funerals and the “birth” of celebrations of life came up in passing. It reminded me of 2 articles I’d read by Chad Bird. They are worth your time and consideration.
- Please Don’t Say These Six Things at My Funeral. It has 6 brief points that you can read quickly. Start here. In point #4, he links to another article he wrote that expounds upon the funeral vs celebration of life issue. I’ll link to it in the next bullet point.
The Tragic Death Of The Funeral, Baby Boomer narcissism crowds out Christian meaning from a familiar ritual. — This one is a longer read but worth it. Print it out if you need to. (Many find longer things harder to read online.) Of interest, in light of the book I wrote, he links this to “the power of positive thinking” mentality and its self-focus. There are many quote-worthy statements in it, such as this one:
“Welcome to a world in which the womb becomes a casket and funerals become fun.”