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Remember Death: The Surprising Path to Living Hope (Book Review)

Book Review: Remember Death by Matthew McCullough

Christianity gets death backwards. You see, our advanced civilization tells us constantly to look forward to a long life, healthy and sexy bodies, a bright future in a steadily advancing career followed by an early retirement filled with travel and leisure.

Yet at the same time, we have more depression, anxiety, and chemical dependence than ever before. We have wealth but not fulfillment, leisure but not contentment, Instagram-worthy lives but not peace.

In all this, no topic is taboo except, perhaps, one: Death.

What’s going on here? Continue reading Remember Death: The Surprising Path to Living Hope (Book Review)

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory (Book Review)

Book Review: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory is an entertaining and at times thoughtful book about one of the most tucked-away but necessary jobs in the funeral industry: The Crematory Operator.

Written by Caitlin Doughty, who worked as a crematory operator and is now an “alternative” funeral director, author, and YouTube personality, the theme of the book is not really cremation or funerals or gory details, though it definitely includes that. The main theme is death itself. Specifically, how our culture interacts with death (or tries to avoid it), and what things might be like if we looked death – in all of its messiness – straight in the face.

In large part a memoir of Ms. Doughty’s first six years working in the funeral industry, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes functions in turns as an exposé of the funeral industry, a defense of a healthy interest in death, and an inside look at interesting funeral and memorial observances of various individuals, families, and cultures, as seen through the eyes of a crematory worker.

These things are all tied together by a question: Does the contemporary funeral industry help us die well?

Continue reading Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory (Book Review)

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10 Solid, Biblical Christian Books for Kids About Death & Heaven

Death & Heaven: Christian Books for Kids

As a Christian working in the funeral industry, I’ve noticed that there are very few solid, biblical Christian books for kids about death and heaven. At least, they are not very easy to find! As I dug around, I discovered a few absolute gems that are worth adding to your library.

If are a professional such as a pastor, counselor, funeral home employee, etc, you can use these for personal growth or to give out to families going through the death of a loved one.

If you are a parent or family member, several of these are ideal as resources to read with kids to help address grief after the death. Other books on this list will help to prepare yourself and your family for something which we will all experience at some point in this life. Continue reading 10 Solid, Biblical Christian Books for Kids About Death & Heaven

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Video: Maple Wood Cremation Urn with Walnut Cross Inlay

Maple Wood Cross Urn

With something as significant as a memorial urn, it’s tough to order online without actually having seen the item. That’s why we’ve made the video you’ll see below. In the video, we take our new Maple Wood Cremation Urn with Walnut Cross Inlay and show you a 360º view. Continue reading Video: Maple Wood Cremation Urn with Walnut Cross Inlay