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"Obituaries" Book Published By Vernon Elgin

Seattle Presbytery

OBITUARY THEOLOGY: Reformed Doctrine of Dying and Death; Re. Obituaries by retired minister, Vernon G. Elgin, has just been published by Lucas Park Books, a subsidiary of Chalice Press. The book places a doctrinal position on a human's life's end on earth in justaposition to the religious nunances in obituaries. Drawing on his collection of obituaries from both domestic and global sources, Vernon quotes from several comments, reflections and thoughts that survivors and posterity have expressed about their deceassed ancestors--in life and in death, where they have been and where their loved ones believe they have gone. The center chapters of the Book deal with the primary events that arise subsequent to a person dying: "Last Breath, Commemoration, and Burial, Donation, Cremation or Hydrolysis." Pragmatism pervades, with Biblcal-Reformed theologies of what death means, how to commemorate the deceased's life, and theological considerations in the disposition of the body. Dogmatism prevails in the theological material, pratmatism in the non-theological. Respect for grieving and personal protocol in follow-up upon a death are honored. The Funeral Industry is respected. The work can prove helpful to Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Christian grievers, survivors, and almost any interested mortal. Copies of the book may be obtained from Vern as long as his last, for $19.95 plus $2.40 postage; or though or major book sellers. The ISBN number is 978-1-60350-006-7.