Judgement, myth and hope in life-centred funerals

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Funerals led by a celebrant not representing a faith community are rapidly increasing in England. This article argues that these ‘life-centred’ funerals have an implicit theology; like Christian funerals, but in different ways, they invite judgement, myth and hope. How should churches respond to this competition? Imitation is problematic, because the ‘life-centred’ approach is far more than a mere technique to be bolted on to the Christian funeral. The article concludes by sketching some unique resources churches have that cannot be matched by the new breed of celebrants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-260
Number of pages8
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • funeral poverty
  • afterlife
  • bereavement
  • angels
  • family


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