Book Review: In Sure
And Certain Hope

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Book Review: In Sure And Certain Hope

by Shirley Claughton

Liturgies, prayers and readings for Funerals and Memorials $19.95, Paul Sheppy

A comprehensive, handsomely produced book collecting funeral and memorial services, and complementary and supplementary resources, plus All Souls day, Anniversary, remembrances and also squeezes in some theological and pastoral commentary.

It is an indispensable resource for all taking services connected with death and dying, and grew from the authors work when a member of the Joint Liturgical Group of Great Britain.

Distinctive features in this publication are that all readings are reproduced in full, and a section on Reflections and Prayers includes some helpful and pastoral specific prayers.

A final valuable and exceptional chapter, Readings and Reflections, includes poetry and extracts from writers such as Emily and Charlotte Bronte, D H Lawrence, Walt Whitman, John Donne, Rabindranath Tagore, Emily Dickinson, Dylan Thomas, Gerard Manly Hopkins, Joyce Grenfell, Tennyson and Wordsworth.

This distinct chapter brings so many resources together in the one volume. How often do clergy, celebrants and pastoral workers search for meaningful reflections?

Sheppy says that ‘death prompts us to think deeply, whether from a religious perspective or not’ and that the readings chosen ‘are sympathetic to the seriousness of death.’

Published November 2019 edition of Messenger

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