A Christian Ending

A Christian Ending


What happens to your body when you die? Deacon Mark Barna was always uncomfortable with the idea of being embalmed, and this led him to learn all he could about natural burial. As an Orthodox Christian, with Orthodox beliefs about the human body, he was especially interested in finding a way to care for the body after death. In this fascinating interview, Deacon Mark and Fr. Chris talk about the spiritual, legal, and physical aspects of burial in the United States, both as it is, and as it can be.

Deacon Mark is the author of A Christian Ending: A Handbook for Burial in the Ancient Christian Tradition. You can find a copy of this book here.

We also hear from Charissa Gianos about her books for children. You can find “Yes, The Theotokos Loves Me” here.


Serving the human person at the ending and the beginning of life, this week’s “Come Receive the Light” is worth a listen.


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About author

Fr. Chris Metropulos

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher lives in Brookline, MA and is the President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.