The way we are by thomas lynch

If not, then shame on God. Reading is an extension of writing, and vice versa. He asks, "Is it possible to assist the ones we love with their dying instead of assisting with their killing?

Forty or 50 years ago, when the cremation rate in the U. Tell the cemetery owner or crematorium manager, kindly of course, to step out of the way, that they are impeding the flow of traffic.

The operative word in his directive was just. His son-in-law put the charges on a credit card which earned him frequent flier miles. Our ethnic, religious and family ties do not bind so tightly as in former times.

Why did it happen? She shook her head and let me pass.

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For the former that means the tomb or fire or grave or sea. Certainly, so can any business. Last but not least among the essentials is the task at hand: Borders, boundaries, beliefs were all fixed and settled.

They were waiting, like planes on the tarmac, for a clear runway, an open retort. Among Protestant Christians the numbers are even higher, if we consider that Jews, Muslims and Orthodox Christians almost never cremate their dead and Catholics still bury the large majority of theirs.

And so we recognize an ennobling, deeply spiritual cast to the short, difficult and joyous days of our own live as Thomas Lynch asks us, "Which undertaking is it then that does not seek to make some sense of life and living, dying and the dead?

Elsewhere, however, cremation is practiced in private, the fire kept purposefully behind closed doors. How is it that so many people claim a preference for cremation but so few have any interest in knowing more about it?

Everything else is accessory.

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They knew my writerly duties often took me to the British Isles. It seems the last if not least that we can do. We multitask and travel light through lives that seem to be in constant states of revision. Across the nation, more than a third of all deaths are now followed by cremation. In short, we are carrying a loved one to the edge of mystery, and people should be encouraged to stick around to the end, to book passage all the way.

But how, Long asks, should the living take seriously a church from which the dead have been gradually banished, as if not seeing were believing? Will it happen to me? For the latter it means to the edge of the life they will be living without the deceased, whose blessed body is consigned to the elements and whose soul is commended to God.

This disinclination to deal with the dead we burn has something to do with our conflicted notions about fire, which Western sensibilities and Western religious traditions still often associate with punishment and wastefulness. For our ancestors in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the land remained foundational.

So I went out and around past the Dean Parish Church and the graveyard there. They dispensed with the presbyters and processions, with casket, graveside and monument.

We learned to deal with death by dealing with our dead; to process mortality by processing mortals from one station to the next in the journey of grief. It involves essential duties, not accessories; fundamental rather than fashion concerns; core values rather than commodities.

We are more mobile, more modular, less grounded than our grandparents. If the body is to be burned, go to the crematorium and witness the burning. And so I did.

In Accompany Them with Singing Long documents a troublesome shift in religious practice. But still, he believed the dead to be alive in Christ. It is not that we do it, but how we do it that must be reconsidered. We miss most if not all of the journey, the drama and metaphor.

It was Jake who taught me the power of presence, the work of mercy in the showing up, pitching in, bearing our share of whatever burden, and going the distance with the living and the dead.

I considered the gardens off Princess Street or maybe some corner of the castle grounds, but the mid-August crowds made those sites impossible.The Good Funeral - Death, Grief & The Community of Care, co-authored with theologian, Dr. Thomas G. Long, was published in September, Thomas Lynch's work has been the.

Masterful essays that illuminate not only how we die but also how we live. Thomas Lynch, This item: Bodies in Motion and at Rest: On Metaphor and Mortality by Thomas Lynch Paperback $ In Stock.

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Bodies in Motion and at Rest: Essays Thomas Lynch No preview available - Bodies in Motion and at Rest: Essays Thomas Lynch No preview available - /5(2). Thomas Lynch comes by his insights on such mortal matters honestly: besides being the author of three books of poetry and an American Book Award nominated book of essays, he’s also the funeral director at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Milford, Michigan.

The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade, was published in to wide praise. Articles, Columns & Interviews. Events. Contact: New York Times. Washington Post. The Christian Century. by Thomas Lynch Because our funeral home's protocols require us to see the dead all the way into the fire, just as we see the dead who are buried all the way into the ground, the crematory operator lets us jump the line.

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