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Essays on dealing with death in the context of community:

  1.  "A Church, a Casket and a Columbarim" by Peter B. Wiebe. Peter shares ways Trinity Mennonite Church in Phoenix, Arizona, practices good stewardship in their funeral practices. They have a "communal casket" stored at the church and a columbarium to help the congregation remember members who have died.
  2. "When The Worst Happens" by Melodie Davis. Alicia Showalter Reynolds was a 25-year-old doctoral student at Johns Hopkins when she disappeared in 1996 traveling to Charlottesville, Virginia. Her parents, Harley and Sadie Showalter share some of the ways the community responded to their grief and pain.
  3. When Sandy was diagnosed with cancer, her husband John and their two children were also touched by the disease. These audio clips from Sandy and John express some of the ways this life-threatening illness changed their perceptions about themselves as well as how their community showed support.

Audio

  • Healing—I begged and pleaded with God. (John)
    MP3 | QT4
  • Turned around—I couldn't talk to people. (Sandy)
    MP3 | QT4
  • Community—people brought flowers, meals, and homemade bread. (Sandy)
    MP3 | QT4
  • The greatest gift—profound presence. (John)
    MP3 | QT4
  • The children—Mommy, are you going to die? (Sandy)
    MP3 | QT4
  • Being productive—teaching a Sunday school class. (Sandy)
    MP3 | QT4

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