This article urges Christians to refrain from allowing funerals to be replaced by celebrations of life. A celebration of life evades the inescapable fact that there’s been a death. Instead of an acknowledgement of that they become “post-mortem roasts for non-celebrities.” Jason Allen isn’t against laughter and a sense of lightness, but any lightness should …

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A funeral for a Christian man, whose life was the aroma of Jesus. At the graveside his family were given sprigs of rosemary, the herb of remembrance, to cast in the grave. Holding the herb, squeezing it gently, breathing in the herbaceous sweet woody aroma provided a pause to collect final memories of this man, …

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