Rediscovering Ancient Christian Burial Customs for the Modern World.
How should Christian people prepare for death - their own and that of loved ones? No question can be more important than this, since death is the final reality of our earthly life.
Below are 14 links to the series of podcasts discussing death and burial from Orthodox Christian perspective.
Deacon Mark Barna, the co-author of "A Christian Ending: A Handbook for Burial in the Ancient Christian Tradition," has been preparing Orthodox Christians for burial without a professional funeral director for nearly ten years.
He and his wife and co-author Elizabeth cared for three of their parents in their home for nearly seven years. In this podcast, they share their knowledge and experience of end-of-life issues, as well as how to organize and prepare for a parish-directed funeral with or without the help of a professional funeral director.
What is the Church's view of cremation? And why?
Understanding Death: Part One
What is Orthodox perspective on death?
Understanding Death: Part Two
Dn. Mark explains how everything the world teaches is the exact opposite of what the Church teaches, particularly when it come to death. Only Orthodox Christianity resolves the problem of death.
The Problem of Suffering
How do illness and trials remind us to put our trust in God?
Making the Caregiver Decision: Part One
What to do if you want to become primary caregiver?
Making the Caregiver Decision: Part Two
Continuing the discussion of becoming a primary caregiver.
Caregiving for the Sick and the Suffering
Dn. Mark explains that when caring for the elderly and the terminally ill, you should not take the caregiving journey alone. Because this journey will change your life in ways that you never anticipated, he likewise enumerates what you need to be aware of as a caregiver.
What are the issues with putting your loved one(s) in Hospice?
As Death Approaches
What happens physically as a person nears natural death?
Initial Preparation of a Body for Burial
How to prepare a body for burial and what to expect when you encounter a dead body.
Preparing a Body for Burial
What needs to be done when preparing a body for burial?
Dn. Mark discusses transporting the body of the recently deceased, the burial, and the vigil.
Orthodox funeral service.
A Christian Ending
Dn. Mark Barna concludes his podcast on rediscovering ancient Christian burial customs for the modern world with this 66-minute introduction to his all-day workshop on the topic.
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