Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Divinity (M.Div)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Richard Cammerer

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Acts 9:38; 1 Corinthians 15:44; 1 Corinthians 15:48; 1 Corinthians 15:50; 1 Corinthians 6:13-21; 1 Kings 17:21; 1 Kings 2:2; 2 Samuel 14:14; Ephesians 2:1; Ezekiel 13:18,19; Galatians 5:16; Genesis 3:19; Genesis 35:18; Jeremiah 15:9; Job 7:21; John 11:44; John 14:19; John 19:39; Joshua 23:14; Mark 15:46; Mark 16:1; Psalm 39:13; Romans 1:32; Romans 5:12; Romans 8:5-6;


This paper, therefore, will attempt to point out the approach which the church should take regarding the various cultural practices prevalent in the American funeral rite. After a brief historical perspective, it will examine the theological concepts of the body, death and the resurrection, and the psychological concepts of grief and mourning. With this as a basis for analysis, some of the cultural practices of the American funeral rite will be considered.

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