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A Humanist Funeral Service [Kindle Edition]

Corliss Lamont
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First published in 1940, A Humanist Funeral Service has been helpful for over half a century to people not comfortable with the religious format of typical funeral services. The author, renowned humanist Corliss Lamont, last revised the text in 1977.

Now, from her own experience as a humanist chaplain, Beth K. Lamont, widow of Corliss Lamont, has added two new scripts of humanist services, and has welcomed a new updated edition by humanist J. Sierra Oliva, who has added new dimensions and a new emphasis on celebrating the deceased's life in these suggested scripts for last rites.

As in earlier versions of the book, there are meditations and eloquent passages of prose and poetry to express appreciation, grief, and farewell when a friend or loved one dies. One may choose according to individual preference the text and music deemed to be most appropriate.

The service is dignified and reminiscent of past relationships with the deceased, stressing love, the beauty of life, the human kinship with nature, and the naturalness of death.

In the quest for solace at a time of grief, one can turn to this nonreligious service for security, comfort, and purpose in accepting the finality of the loss of a loved one.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 331 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (30 Nov 1946)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002I631FK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Humanist Funeral Service 5 Oct 2010
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I don't know what I expected from this book, but it doesn't really say anything that anyone would already know, or could glean from the information on readings, music etc that you can get on Google, so it's not really worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humanist info 23 Sep 2009
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If you are not particularly religious and feel that to use the services of a church would be fraudulent, this gives lots of alternative info. I have been to a couple of humanist services, and they were quite uplifting. Not in the literal sense of course!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A waste of money 2 Feb 2006
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First off this isn't a book but a pamphlet the size of what one gets with a new DVD player, computer etc. And at $8 its almost as expensive as a hardback book from See if your library has a copy and save your money. If you want a good book on the subject of do it your own burial/funeral services check out books like Caring For Your Own Dead and Dealing Creatively With Death: A Manual of Death Education and Simple Burial. Am sending this book back since it has no helpful information and is overpriced.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Steven H. Propp - Published on
Corliss Lamont (1902-1995), was a socialist philosopher, and a key figure in the Humanist movement, as well as the author of books such as Philosophy of Humanism, Yes to Life: Memoirs of Corliss Lamont, The Illusion of Immortality, etc.

He wrote in the Foreword, "There has long been a widely felt need for a funeral service centering around a non-supernatural, Humanist philosophy of existence. The Humanist view... rejects the idea of personal immortality and interprets death as the final end of the individual conscious personality. The philosophy or religion of Humanism sets up the happiness and progress of mankind on this earth as the supreme goal of human endeavor." (Pg. 8)

He suggests, "A funeral service is, moreover, helpful in overcoming any sense of unreality about the death of a loved one. It brings out the finality of the parting with him, the fact that past relationships with him have been severed and that a new relationship of memory alone must be established. Rituals concerned with death are a form of art and should appeal to the aesthetic sense... they ought to be dignified, brief and reminiscent of the deep social ties in experience; they ought to avoid sentimentality... But funeral services should not try to avoid stirring up the emotions... the normal expression of grief can serve as a healthy release and purge of tension." (Pg. 8-9)

He provides meditations such as the following: "transiency and death itself are entirely natural and understandable in our universe... It is Nature's law that living organisms should eventually retire from the scene and so make way for newborn generations. In this sense life affirms itself THROUGH death... we accept as inevitable the eventual extinction of human individuals and the return of their bodies, indestructible in their ultimate elements, to the Nature that brought them forth. In death as in life we belong to Nature." (Pg. 15-16)

For a burial service, he proposes words such as, "We lay his body in that gentle earth which has been the chief support of Man since first he walked beneath the sun. To all human beings, to all living forms, the soil has ever provided the sustentance that is the staff of life. To that good earth we now give back the body of our friend..." (Pg. 21) Quotations from writers/poets such as Lucretius, Carl Sandburg, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Swinburne, Tagore, Santayana, Shelley, etc. are also recommended.

This book is a very useful one, in a field with very "limited" other resources. You might also want to explore Funerals Without God.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Review of " a humanist funeral service" 12 April 2014
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Did not meet my expectations. Was not relevant to our situation living on a pacific Island. Too oriented towards european settings.
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