Accompanying the Dying and the Dead in the Time of COVID

Four-part webinar series

How can we provide better care for the dying, and meaningful funerals or memorials for those who have been lost?

What can history teach us about how our ancestors coped and ministered in times of plague?

How do we think theologically about the effect of COVID-19 on faith communities amid God’s eternal presence and promises?

Panels of experts from different fields probe these and other questions in a series of four webinars examining what can be learned from our experience of the pandemic.

Designed for an interdisciplinary and ecumenical audience of pastors, liturgists, hospice workers, musicians, medical professionals, and others involved in caring for the dying and providing leadership for funerals and memorials, each session concludes with an interactive Q&A period.

(More information and links to the recordings are found under the individual events.)

Series moderator

Thomas G. Long

Author of Accompany Them with Singing–The Christian Funeral; Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University



James Abbington ○ Remi Chiu ○ Dawn DeVries ○ Vanessa Harding ○ Jennifer L. Hollis ○ John Horan ○ The Rev. Michael L. Lewis, S.T.L. ○ Jennifer McBride ○ The Rev. Kevin Park ○ Markus Rathey ○ James M. Starke ○ The Rev. Khalia J. Williams

1. Accompanying the Dying | see more

How can the community of care—including family, friends, clergy, hospice, and medical professionals—together provide holistic care to the dying?

2. Memorializing the Dead | see more

What light can members of the clergy, funeral professionals, and musicians shed on the liturgical and practical challenges of funerals and memorial services?

3. Caring for the Dying and the Dead: Looking to History for Insights | see more

How has the church offered care for the dying and memorialized the dead in previous times of plague? What practical lessons might we adopt for today?

4. Thinking Theologically about Our Response to COVID | see more

How, in funeral homilies, liturgy, music, and pastoral conversations, do we help people of faith understand how God is present in this time?


Time to Heal, (c) 2016 by John August Swanson (detail)
Giclee, 16.5” x 13.5”