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Funeral Material

posted Jun 9, 2015, 10:56 PM by Tim Isbell

I still remember the anxiety I felt in 1993 when a parishioner died and I needed to lead my first funeral. There were only 3-4 days to prepare. And I had limited experience even attending funerals, and absolutely no idea how to officiate one. So I asked an experienced pastor for a crash course on funeral and graveside services. Thanks to him, I survived... and so did the deceased's wife. Since then I've done several.

It's now 23 years later and I've done several funerals, memorial services, and gravesides. Earlier this year (2015) I did 3 funerals in 3 months, causing me to dust off my funeral and memorial service resources to get them into a shape that I can offer to you. They include an invaluable (to me, anyway) worksheet that frames the pastoral and planning meeting that I have with the family, usually 2-3 days before the service. The resources also include preaching notes for several homilies (short 10-minute Christian messages) suitable for a wide range of situations. To access all of these, just click on Funeral Resources.