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.
Start date: July 2013