The other day, we were driving down the road when a funeral procession stopped all traffic in order to cross a busy intersection. My oldest turned to me and asked if only “really important people” have funerals, and I explained how anyone can have a funeral if they desire. “Mommy? Did you have a funeral for the babies who died in your tummy?” he asked. I told him how we did special prayers at church for the littles ones that we lost to miscarriage.
As a family, we have only been to one funeral, and
I, then, realized that none of us has been to an Orthodox funeral.
Recently, I had the pleasure of previewing Pascha Press‘s first book: When My Baba Died by Marjorie Kunch. When My Baba Died is a lovely guide for children through the loss of a loved one.
The description from the website:
This warm, accessible, faith-based book ministers to a child’s specific needs when faced with their first experience of an Orthodox funeral. It 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.
I think When My Baba Died would be the perfect addition to the library of any Orthodox family. It helps prepare a child for what they will encounter at a funeral by going through what will happen, step by step with photos, from the visitation to the burial. This book lets children know that it is normal to cry and feel sad, but also gives them hope that their loved one is with the Lord. The author, Marjorie Kunch, is a mortician and an Orthodox Christian, and she does an excellent job making this difficult subject accessible to young children.
When My Baba Died will available June 21st from Pascha Press!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for this review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.