In this ninth and final episode of Donald Kraybill’s “What I Learned From The Amish” podcast, our host addresses Amish beliefs and rituals surrounding death and dying. While some might understandably shy away from this topic, I’ve also noticed a lot of interest in how the Amish approach it over the years. The Amish as a rule address the reality of death and dying directly, grounded in their Christian faith.
In this episode, we hear about the rituals of the Amish which ground them in times of death and dying, including what happens after someone passes away, at an Amish funeral, and when mourning.
Donald B. Kraybill is professor of sociology emeritus at Elizabethtown College and senior fellow in the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. An internationally recognized scholar, he has published many books and professional essays on the Amish and other Anabaptist communities in North America. His most recent book, What the Amish Teach Us is available from Johns Hopkins University Press and Amazon.