Elaine Jones (Liner Notes)
I was intrigued when I heard that Pastor Judi wanted to begin pod casting. What a great way to disseminate all kinds of information in a casual conversation. It is like approved eaves-dropping on a private discussion.
My husband and I moved to Bella Vista in 2016, so I transitioned from my every-day involvement with the funeral home, but travel back to Tulsa often to help friends in need. As a fourth generation funeral director, I know people have a lot of questions about death, dying, grief and funeral services. I hope I can be a resource to people with those questions.
I have organized and led grief work, and Prior Proper Planning ahead seminars. I have had “Celebrant” training to conduct funerals (and weddings). My favorite book to help explain death to a child is The Fall Of Freddie the Leaf and for adults or all ages is Tear Soup Grief work groups, Grief Share and Compassionate Friends.
My comfort scriptures & resources:
1Thessalonians 4:13-18, & Romans 8:28
When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Harold Kushner
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf, Leo Busgalia
Pastor Judi has officiated at many memorials and funerals during her ministry, including some for family members.
Here are two resources including the one mentioned during the podcast:
What Dying People Want: Practical Wisdom for the End of Life, David Kuhl, M.D.
Waterbugs and Dragonflies, Explaining Death to Young Children, Doris Stickney
Scripture gives us some wonderful ways of thinking about death. As Christians, hope in the resurrection is one, that we will be given a place of eternal rest. Also, I love the image of Jesus Christ as the door (John 10:7 and 9). I love how Jesus is portrayed in mystical ways in the Gospel of John. Jesus as the gate/door may also help us think of the passage of life into another realm, one where we continue to follow Jesus’ love and care.
As you remember your loved ones and think on your ancestors and all of what they learned, continue following the way of mystery in this life. Be curious and humble, and a good friend to those in grief.
Special thanks to Elaine Jones for her ideas and care and concern. Should you want a grief support group please do reach out.