The author offers three very practical suggestions for pastors who are called upon to conduct a funeral: prepare for the unexpected, prepare to minister God's Word, and prepare to extend the hope of Christ.
This article shows from Scripture that one of the ways that the ancients sought after wisdom for life was by thinking about death. Scripture teaches us to number our days, and that it is better to go to the house of mourning than to the house of feasting. Thus, the author speaks about the benefits of starting to plan already now for your funeral.
Death brings its own sting to those left behind, yet such a sting is intensified by practical, earthly matters related to death. This article highlights three areas where you can reduce the sting from your family and church community, so that those you leave behind will be more able to mourn in peace. What are those areas? Make plans with your local funeral home and cemetery, talk with your pastor about your funeral, and take the time to write out a will.
Preaching at the funeral of someone who was almost surely an unbeliever is very difficult. This article offers a few things worth considering if you are given such an opportunity: talk about the fall, death, and judgment, exalt Christ, hold out the hope of the resurrection, emphasize the role of faith, and stay away from eulogizing.
What do you want people to say about you at your funeral? Maybe it is also worthwhile to say what you do not want people to say at your funeral. This article explores the latter.
Burial or cremation? This book discusses funeral practices, arguing that burial is the preferable option. In this chapter, the author explains that burial fits better with a Christian understanding of death and the relationship between body and soul. In addition, burial is in line with biblical practice.