In this article, I’ll briefly respond to a number of questions about funerals. I’ll give my opinion as a relatively experienced pastor of the LCA (ordained in 1997), and I’ll also quote from the commentary on the funeral rite from the Church Rites of the Lutheran Church of Australia.
Death is part of our existence. Dying well is an important part of what it means to flourish as individuals and communities. We maintain that so-called ‘voluntary assisted dying’ (assisted suicide) is not dying well.
Kimberley Pfeiffer discusses life, death and Hamlet with Dr Gene Veith during his recent tour to Australia. A timely discussion, given the current euthanasia debate in Australia.
Mercy is a concept difficult to define, especially in the face of life-ending decisions. Inextricably linked are ideas about relief, respect and relationships.
Is this the year that euthanasia will become legalised in Australia? The pro-euthanasia campaign flags are flying and polls are showing that the public supports it. Kimberley Pfeiffer updates us on the status of the push to legalise euthanasia.
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