Funeral Resources

Why I Welcome Funeral Opportunities for the Unchurched by David Osborne

Some time ago, I was getting out my car to walk into the funeral home for a person I had never met. In that moment I thought, “Am I really going to make a difference today?” I was tired and overwhelmed with many other ministry tasks yet to perform that week. In the middle of the groan that came from my soul came the familiar voice of our Savior by His Spirit saying, “Your ‘showing up’ changes everything for them.” I knew in an instant that regardless of how well I conducted the service, which is a pressure I always feel, I had already provided the family with something they desperately needed: someone to minister to their pain. ... read more

Funeral Resources

Would you please send us any material that could be helpful to other pastors relative to conducting funerals? Any tips or suggestions? Is there a helpful story or illustration that you’ve found to work well at funerals? Do you have any funeral message outlines you’d like to share (please remove names)? Whatever you send us this month, we’ll add to the “Funeral Resources” section on our website. Read the responses

Suicide Remarks by Tony Cooke

Suicide Remarks Rev. Tony Cooke Note from Tony: Conducting a funeral for someone who has taken his or her own life can be one of the most challenging tasks for a minister, and yet it provides an opportunity to speak words of comfort and encouragement to a family and friends ... read more

Sample Funeral Message for a Minister and Soul-Winner

Sample Funeral Message for a Minister and Soul-Winner Pastor Kenneth Hagin, Jr. We have come here this day for a number of reasons… 1. We are here today to pay our tribute and our respect to a man of God, our brother, ______________________________. Not only have people from this congregation ... read more

Sample Funeral Message for an Infant

Sample Funeral Message for an Infant Rev. Tony Cooke Dear Heavenly Father, We have come here this day to commit to your loving care, the spirit of _________________________. We have also come to show our love and support for these dear parents, ________________________ and ____________________________, and to surround them with ... read more

Sample Funeral Message for an Older Person

Sample Funeral Message for an Older Person Prayer Scripture Reading John 14:1-3, 6 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for ... read more

Sample Funeral Outline  (Why Suffering) – by Pastor John White

FUNERAL SERVICE FOR H.C. BELL by Pastor John White Sardis #2 Baptist Church, Addison, AL July 25, 2003 I. His testimony             A. His relationship to his family.             B. His relationship to God. II. Why the suffering?             A. Man is a three part being, spirit, soul and             ... read more

The Reality of Heaven

The Reality of Heaven Rev. Tony Cooke Facing the death of a friend or loved one is always challenging.  There are usually very mixed emotions. There is sadness that a person is no longer with us.  But there is also joy that a person is in heaven. There is sorrow ... read more

The Purpose of Funerals

The Purpose of Funerals Understanding the purpose of funerals can be very helpful as a Pastor plans to minister to a grieving family. More than an opportunity to present a message about heaven, a funeral presents a myriad of opportunities and needs that enable the love of God and the ... read more

Beyond the Question Marks by Pastor Kenneth Hagin Jr.

  Beyond the Question Marks Pastor Kenneth Hagin Jr We have come here this day for a number of reasons… 1. We are here today to pay our tribute and our respect to a man of God, our brother, _____________________________. 2. We are here today to show our love and ... read more

11 Great Stories About Going Home

Story # 1 – Certainties When the great Christian and scientist, Sir Michael Faraday, was dying, some journalists questioned him as to his speculations about life after death.  “Speculations!” he said, “I know nothing about speculations.  I’m resting on certainties.  ‘I know that my redeemer liveth, and because He lives, ... read more

The Hurt, The Help, and The Hope

The Hurt, The Help, and The Hope Rev. Tony Cooke We are here today as the people of God to find comfort in the Presence of God and the truth of Scripture, and especially to surround this family with our love, our faith, and our prayers. If we could summarize ... read more

Death: Friend or Foe? by Tony Cooke

Death: Friend or Foe? Rev. Tony Cooke Whenever death occurs, there is naturally an element of sorrow and grief which is present. Even when a person has faith, and this family does, there is still a sadness that exists because someone we love is no longer with us – we ... read more

Funeral Tips by Pastor Brad Allen

Funeral Tips by Pastor Brad Allen 1.  Always write out your opening and closing prayers or statements.  2.  Live music interspersed in the service is very helpful.  Instrumentals, solos, even CDs will often help a lot and take some of the pressure off of the minister.  Keep them short, though. ... read more

What Death Brings

What Death Brings Rev. Tony Cooke Today, we have heard wonderful testimony of a woman who love and served the Lord.  We have heard reflections and memories of a genuine lady whose life made an impact on all who knew her. It is only fitting that the Gospel of the ... read more

Do’s and Dont’s for Funerals

Do’s and Don’ts For Funerals Do’s DO work with the family and the funeral home director in planning the funeral service. If you know the family is challenged financially, let them know they don’t need to prove their love for the deceased by over-spending on the funeral. DO inquire of ... read more

Sample Committal Service

Sample Committal Service Rev. Tony Cooke Scriptures Revelation 1:17-18 17 Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore.   John 14:19 19 …because I live, ye shall live also.   I Corinthians 15:51-55 ... read more

Death & Grief by Pastor John White

Death & Grief by Pastor John White Alfred Askenburg’s testimony. Don’t let grief overwhelm you. A. Grief: Deep mental anguish, painful, sorrowful, distress. Usually brought about by a sense of loss. B. What God says about grief. Isa. 53:4-5 John 14:1, 27 I Thess. 4:13-18 C. When you’re ignorant of ... read more