Religion: Death & Burial

Is death in the U.S. becoming a matter of merchandising instead of a holy thing? Plenty of U.S. clergymen think so, as they watch the profitable travesties of the funeral parlor take over more and more of the function of the church. The phenomenon bothered tweedy, pipe-smoking Alvin L. Kershaw when he was a theological student at the University of the South, and bothered him still more when he took over Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at Oxford, Ohio (pop. 6,944). Five years ago, in his second year at Holy Trinity, Rector Kershaw persuaded his...

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