This picture book for ages 5-10 beautifully illustrates the steps a family takes when a Slavic Orthodox Christian loved one dies. We follow the progression from the funeral home visitation and Pomen, to the church ceremony, and finally the cemetery graveside service. Along the way we answer the most commonly asked questions children have about death and funerals, we alleviate fears by explaining in a gentle way what to expect as we move through the process, and we affirm the comfort of the Orthodox Faith. Includes a foreword by V. Rev. Dr. Milos Vesin and a useful glossary that defines newly encountered terms.
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.31(d)|
Table of Contents
Part One-The Visitation and Pomen 19
Part Two-The Funeral Ceremony 25
Part Three-The Graveside Committal Service 37
Glossary of Terms 45
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“This wonderful book easily guides children through the funeral process, while helping to instill a lifelong reverence for and understanding of the importance of funerals.” -Alexandra Kathryn Mosca, author of “Grave Undertakings” and “Green-Wood Cemetery”
"'When My Baba Died' is a welcome resource for Orthodox caregivers facing the difficult task of tenderly guiding their children through the mourning process. The author, Marjorie Kunch, writes gently and straightforwardly about what to expect at an Orthodox funeral service and the array of emotions attached to grief. Kids and adults alike will greatly benefit from this unique tool for teaching Orthodox Christians of all ages about the Church's hope-filled response to death and eternity." - -Molly Sabourin, author of "Close to Home: One Orthodox Mother's Quest for Patience, Peace and Perseverance"
"'When My Baba Died' introduces children to the contemporary practice of funeral preparation and burial, within the liturgical rites of the Orthodox Church. It is written in a simple, inviting way, and children will be greatly helped to understand what is happening at an otherwise distressing and confusing time. The illustrations are lovely." -Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green, author of 10 titles including “Welcome to the Orthodox Church” and “Facing East: A Pilgrim’s Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy”
“This beautifully written book addresses the importance of helping children deal with the death of loved ones. As a monk who has spent many years helping families get through the grieving process, both as a priest and police chaplain, this beautifully written book, filled with wonderful photos, is an important aid for those who wish to help a child understand death, and loss. I highly recommend it for every church bookstore, and every home library.” -Abbot Tryphon, All-Merciful Saviour Monastery, Vashon Island, WA