"What do the rites of the church mean for people of the twenty-first century ? How can they help us lead our lives each day ? How will they bring us closer to God ? These pastorally oriented booklets address crucial life-issues and answer often-asked questions with sensitivity, simplicity, and clarity. They weave the meaning of Anglican teaching and liturgy into the fabric of everyday life and work, offering the gifts of the church while honouring the experience of the reader. Designed as handouts for inquirers, or resources for individual reading or group study, all four booklets include short 'stories' from Canadian Anglicans telling what the liturgies mean to them". -- back cover.
"Today is a sad day. You are mourning the death of someone you love, or you are about to begin planning final rites for someone near death .... We offer this book to help you make some important decisions about how to honour your loved one in a funeral or memorial service. This book is meant to be used by the family in consultation with the priest, minister, or pastor who will be officiating at the service. He or she will help you make arrangements that offer comfort and hope in the midst of your grief". -- p. 7.
Contents: May we help you ? -- Kathy's story / Kathy Lindsey -- What is a funeral for ? -- Planning the funeral -- Should we have a funeral at all ? -- A planning checklist -- Mike's story -- Making preparations -- Planning the visitation -- Lisa's story -- The funeral service -- Planning the funeral liturgy.
Author is an Anglican priest in Willowdale, Ontario.