(RNS) — Spurred by lockdowns, funeral homes, green burial conservations and houses of faith are innovating to adjust to a new normal of death care.
TOKYO (AP) — Buddhist leaders say a third of the country’s 75,000 temples are barely functioning, but a younger generation of priests is working to reverse the faith’s downward spiral.
HOUSTON (AP) — George Floyd was fondly remembered as “Big Floyd” at a Tuesday funeral in Houston with over 500 attendees.
NEW YORK (RNS) — A spiritual leader reassures families that COVID-19 victims will be accepted into paradise despite restrictions that disrupt funeral traditions.
NEW YORK (AP) — Two churches, one Catholic, one Lutheran, have lost more than 100 members to the coronavirus and because of lockdown rules lack the ability to mourn together in person.
(RNS) — Her friend Nadia Bolz-Weber gave a sermon, saying that though theologically she knows that death knows no sting, 'it stings now.'
(RNS) — For too many Christians, the church is not 'a field hospital for the wounded,' in Pope Francis' words; it is a country club for the perfect.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The elder Bush’s eldest child, former President George W. Bush, gave an emotional tribute to his father, noting his dedication to faith and family.
DETROIT (AP) — Ariana Grande sang one of the Queen of Soul's biggest hits, '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,' and Faith Hill performed 'What a Friend We Have in Jesus.'
ATLANTA (AP) - Relatives of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led more than 1,000 people on a march Monday in downtown Atlanta, where large crowds gathered 50 years earlier for the slain civil rights leader's funeral procession as a mule-drawn wagon pulled his casket through the streets.
(RNS) — 'Fifty years after Martin Luther King died, America needs to hold a national funeral for King — the faux King we have created — so that we might hear anew the real King calling us to what he called a revolution of values,' writes Raphael G. Warnock, pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. (Commentary)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (RNS) — The renowned evangelist believed he too needed the guidance and support of a local pastor — a man he chose to preside at his burial.
(RNS) — In keeping with Billy Graham's pioneering use of new media, his funeral will be streamed live on the BGEA website, with coverage beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern on Friday (March 2).
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — The funeral service will be held under a tent, similar to the one the evangelist preached under in Los Angeles in 1949, a revival that catapulted him into the public eye.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) — Thomas S. Monson, considered a prophet by the 16-million-member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Jan. 2 at age 90 after months of declining health.