Author: Marjorie Kunch
Did you know that even funeral directors have a difficult time explaining death to their children when a family member has fallen asleep in the Lord? My grandmother recently passed and when it came time to discuss this with my preschoolers, clouded by my own grief, the words would not form. I knew from experience that nothing was as dangerous as the rampant imagination of a four year old when confronted with an entirely new situation. So I searched for the comfort of a picture book to better explain what the next few days would bring. Surprisingly, I found that an Orthodox perspective reinforcing the Church's teachings about death and what to expect as we move through the rituals to honor our deceased did not yet exist! At that moment When My Baba Died was born. I created a "pretend" funeral with an empty casket, a talented photographer, patient friends, and a kind priest.
This warm, accessible, faith-based book ministers to a child's specific needs when faced with their first experience of an Orthodox funeral. I will help parents guide their children during this difficult time and illustrate the progression from the funeral home visitation, to the funeral ceremony in church, to the cemetery graveside service. I also answer the most common questions children asked of me during my twelve years serving as a funeral director, define newly encountered words, and address the emotions they may be feeling as they begin their journey of grief. This is accomplished with the use of simple text, accurate terminology, and beautiful photography digitally edited to create tasteful illustrations of all phases of the ceremony. It is my humble prayer this book brings you closer to our Risen God and the comfort of the Orthodox Faith.
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