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Accompany Them with Singing—The Christian Funeral

Format: Digital
ISBN: 9780664233198


Thomas Long begins this fascinating volume 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.

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. He argues that a new, less-theological and less-satisfying service 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.

Key Features

  • Explores the history and development of the Christian funeral
  • Discusses the tenets of a good theologically-based funeral
  • Presents help on how to preach in a caring way at a funeral


  • Part One: Background
    • Marking 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
  • Part Two: The Church’s Ministry in Death
    • 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
    • Appendix: Difficult Funerals

Product Details

  • Title: Accompany Them with Singing—The Christian Funeral
  • Author: Thomas G. Long
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Funerals

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About Thomas G. Long

Thomas G. Long is the Bandy Professor of Preaching Emeritus at Candler Theological School, Emory University. He is a world-renowned preacher and was named by Time magazine as one of the most effective preachers in the English language. He has authored more than twenty books, including The Good Funeral, Accompany Them with Singing, Matthew in the Interpretations series, and Preaching from Memory to Hope, all published by Westminster John Knox Press.

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