Meeting the Theological and Pastoral Challenge in a Postmodern Era
By (author) Ewan Kelly
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Meaningful Funerals by Ewan Kelly
Book DescriptionThis work addresses how funerals may be created which are not only relevant for the bereaved, but which also have theological integrity. The majority of the British population no longer attend church yet when bereaved, many still turn to church representatives to perform funerals for their loved ones. This book addresses how funerals may be created which are not only relevant for the bereaved, but also have theological integrity. A paradigm shift in the manner by which funerals are constructed is proposed - from imposing alien liturgies to creating a unique ritual which evolves from the meeting of the stories of the bereaved and that of the ritual leader. The argument for the co-construction of funerals is informed by contemporary models of grief and Kelly's own experience with bereaved parents.Co-construction is a process which is centred on listening and empowering, and involves offering the bereaved choices from a range of ritual resources to help them shape their funeral's content. Such a process facilitates sensitive regulation of grief in an age where its privatisation has meant the bereaved are often bereft of a means by which to benchmark their feelings, behaviour and decision making.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781906286149
(216mm x 138mm x 18mm)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 14-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Helps students and practitioners to become aware of the significance of self-knowledge for the provision of sensitive spiritual and pastoral care. This book offers an aid to those who seek to understand themselves better with a view to enhancing the quality of spiritual and pastoral care they offer.
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Author Biography - Ewan Kelly
Ewan Kelly initially studied medicine and worked as a junior doctor before completing a theology degree and becoming ordained as a Church of Scotland minister. He is now Lecturer in Pastoral Theology in the University of Edinburgh, UK.
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