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Creating Meaningful Funeral Experiences
Creating Meaningful Funeral Experiences

Creating Meaningful Funeral Experiences

A Guide for Caregivers


80 Pages, 8 1/2 x 8 1/2

Formats: EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $12.95 (US $12.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: October 2003

ISBN 9781879651388

Rights: WOR

Companion Press (Oct 2003)


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Inspiration for clergy and others who help bereaved families initiate plans for funerals

Written in response to the current trend to deritualize death and funeral ceremonies, this book explores the ways in which caregivers and clergy can create heartfelt ceremonies that help the bereaved begin to heal. Explaining the purposes behind rituals, it reviews the many ways these have changed over the years and argues for a return to authentic, personalized, and meaningful funeral ceremonies. The qualities in caregivers that make them effective funeral planners are examined, and practical ideas for creating authentic, personalized, and meaningful funeral ceremonies are provided. Trends toward the prevalence of cremation are discussed, as are trends away from viewing and spending time with the body of the deceased. This replaces 1879651084.


“Alan Wolfelt has provided affirmation of funeral ritual as a resource for constructive grieving. He offers a practical format, solidly founded on knowledge of the grief process, for planning funeral rituals responsive to the needs of the bereaved.” —Paul E. Irion, author, Funeral and the Mourners

Author Biography

Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD, serves as director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition. He writes the “Children and Grief” column for Bereavement Magazine and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, and Today. He is the author of Healing Your Grieving Heart, Healing a Teen's Grieving Heart, and Understanding Grief. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.