Death, dying, and writing with Thomas Lynch.
Thomas Lynch is a poet, author, and undertaker. He was the inspiration for the television series “Six Feet Under”. His books, poetry, and even Christmas cards have a transformed the way Jason, Taylor, and myself think about our role as pastors when dealing with the death and dying we experience in our communities.
In this episode of Crackers & Grape Juice the crew tackled the topic of death & dying.
Tom argues there is nothing different between the brick and mortar of a funeral home and the church. Finding meaning in the midst of grief, according to Taylor, is experienced more at the graveside than in a well-play organ prelude or church service liturgy. Sacred space is sacred space and it does not matter if that is a 100+ year old funeral home or a newly built church sanctuary.
According to America’s Undertaker, getting the dead where they need to go is the business of the funeral. He notes there is a distinction between memorial (with faith claims) and bringing someone to their final resting place. Lynch argues that funerals are getting the dead to where they need to go, and often times memorials are used in place of a funeral which removes the family/community from the committal process.