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A Christian Ending

A Christian Ending Rediscovering Ancient Christian Burial Customs for the Modern World

Start date: July 2013 11 episodes

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. 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.

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Jun 24, 2014

Preparing a Body for Burial

Dn. Mark explains exactly what needs to be done when preparing a body for burial.

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27:37
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May 14, 2014

Initial Preparation of a Body for Burial

Dn. Mark enumerates the things you'll need to have ready to prepare a body for burial and explains what to expect when you encounter a dead body.

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26:24
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Feb 20, 2014

As Death Approaches

Dn. Mark discusses what happens physically when a loved one approaches a natural death.

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26:27
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Dec 11, 2013

Hospice

Dn. Mark explores the issues surrounding putting a loved one in Hospice.

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22:20
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Nov 05, 2013

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.

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25:59
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Sep 11, 2013

Making the Caregiver Decision: Part Two

Dn. Mark continues his discussion of what to consider before making the decision to become a caregiver.

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Aug 27, 2013

Making the Caregiver Decision: Part One

Dn. Mark contends that when making the decision to become the primary caregiver, you must do so with your eyes wide open and at least some idea of what you're getting into.

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Aug 13, 2013

The Problem of Suffering

Dn. Mark explains how illness and trials remind us to put our trust in God.

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Jul 30, 2013

Understanding Death: Part Two

Dn. Mark explains that 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.

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Jul 16, 2013

Understanding Death: Part One

Dn. Mark presents the Orthodox Christian perspective on death.

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Jul 02, 2013

Cremation

On the premier episode of his new podcast, Dn. Mark Barna discusses the Orthodox perspective on cremation.

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