Great Books from Advent Funeral’s Weekly Picks

Life Celebration BookAdvent Funeral is a funeral services company in the US. Once weekly, they choose one book related to life, death, grief, bereavement and other genres to be featured as their ‘pick of the week’.

Embraced by the Light
One of the books that they recently featured is ‘Embraced by the Light’ by Betty J. Eadie. What makes this book very interesting is the fact that the author, Betty Eadie claims to have experienced afterlife during her clinical death after a routine surgery.

Eadie recorded everything that she had undergone when her spirit separated from her human body. This is a great read that exudes love and compassion especially to family. And it intensifies the idea that death is naturally occurring and it should not be feared upon.

Planning a Celebration of Life
Another featured book is ‘Planning a Celebration of Life, A Simple Guide for Turning a Memorial Service into a Celebration of Life’ by Mary Hickey. This book is a great find especially for those who have recently lost a loved one and is planning the whole funeral service.

The format of the book is very simple and straight forward. It details a lot of creative ideas on how to celebrate the life of the deceased through the funeral service like making funeral poems.

Farewell, Godspeed
‘Farewell, Godspeed: The Greatest Eulogies of Our Time’ by Cyrus M. Copeland is also part of the list. This book is a great source of inspiring words and eulogies from different famous figures all throughout history.

It also shows a different perspective on how those late well-known personalities have influenced and shape the society today.

The Empty Chair
Another one on the list is ‘The Empty Chair: Handling Grief on Holidays and Special Occasions’ by Robert C. De Vries. This book is very good for people who had lost a loved one and are having difficulties coping specially during special occasions.

This book identifies that grief is normal but it also states different ways on how to get over the feeling of loss even after burial or direct cremation.

Ethical Wills
‘Ethical Wills: Putting Your Values on Paper’2nd ed. By Barry K. Baines is an easy read as well. The author of this book is a medical director so he is imparting his knowledge to those people who also want to create their own set of ethical wills.