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Performing Funerals
by Rev. D. E. Hickman


Often as a friend as well as a Minister or Chaplain we are called upon to provide death bed and final rites, followed by some form of funeral service. Performing a funeral can be a very stressful time for you as Officiant as well as the family losing their loved one. Though my purpose is not to peddle a book as much as provide you with the vest possible direction, I recommend you order the Funeral Customs and training book from the catalog section of the site. Why? Not because we just want to sell books, but we have one of the most comprehensive set of Funeral books to be found anywhere. Both of our funeral Books were written to guide you in being not simply the Professional eulogist, but the Servant sharing the families’ loss.

What you say and how you handle yourself can effect the family as much as the passing of their loved one. I often suggest if a close family member or loved one to have someone else perform the service. I have performed close family Funerals including a grandson’s. If this is your first don’t be ashamed to have someone else perform the service. A Loved one demands great self control that maintains the Professional status of the Minister.

Now performing the funeral requires you acquire the basics and whatever extra you can on the deceased to write your eulogy. Once more I recommend writing it down and READING it instead of trying to memorize it. Your purpose is to aid the family in closure of losing a loved one, be gracious in words, fulfilling in their life that the family remembers the good and not last moments often full of pain.

You are a Servant of Faith in your belief, serving them in theirs. Make sure they feel God’s Love the best you can in the Service and at the Graveside if both are included. The Memorial is to immortalize the lost in the hearts of their loved one, not leave them feeling worse.

Now write your service. Included below are various scripture to aid you.

You want to further yourself as a person of God. You wonder what can I do for the Lord and help people at the same time. Am I worthy of serving the Lord to help others that cannot help themselves. The one that would love to be in the house of the Lord. Are you willing to see people that cannot do even the simplest task? Get out of bed, go to the bathroom, comb their hair, brush their teeth, cloth their self, feed their self, to see, to hear, to walk, to talk. Only be able to go outside after death. They my not have a Bible. They may not know the Lord. They may know the Lord, but be afraid they will not go to heaven.

They may not be saved. They don't know how to be saved.

You can walk.
Colossians 1:9 That ye might (walk) worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.

You can talk.
Deuteronomy 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt ( talk ) of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

You can see.
Luke 6:39 And he spake a parable unto them, Can the ( blind ) lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into the ditch?

Often as a friend as well as a Minister or Chaplain we are called upon to provide death bed and final rites, followed by some form of funeral service. Performing a funeral can be a very stressful time for you as Officiant as well as the family losing their loved one. Though my purpose is not to peddle a book as much as provide you with the vest possible direction, I recommend you order the Funeral Customs and training book from the catalog section of the site. Why? Not because we just want to sell books, but we have one of the most comprehensive set of Funeral books to be found anywhere. Both of our funeral Books were written to guide you in being not simply the Professional eulogist, but the Servant sharing the families’ loss.

What you say and how you handle yourself can effect the family as much as the passing of their loved one. I often suggest if a close family member or loved one to have someone else perform the service. I have performed close family Funerals including a grandson’s. If this is your first don’t be ashamed to have someone else perform the service. A Loved one demands great self control that maintains the Professional status of the Minister.
Now performing the funeral requires you acquire the basics and whatever extra you can on the deceased to write your eulogy. Once more I recommend writing it down and READING it instead of trying to memorize it. Your purpose is to aid the family in closure of losing a loved one, be gracious in words, fulfilling in their life that the family remembers the good and not last moments often full of pain.

You are a Servant of Faith in your belief, serving them in theirs. Make sure they feel God’s Love the best you can in the Service and at the Graveside if both are included. The Memorial is to immortalize the lost in the hearts of their loved one, not leave them feeling worse.

Now write your service. Included below are various scripture to aid you.

You want to further yourself as a person of God. You wonder what can I do for the Lord and help people at the same time. Am I worthy of serving the Lord to help others that cannot help themselves. The one that would love to be in the house of the Lord. Are you willing to see people that cannot do even the simplest task? Get out of bed, go to the bathroom, comb their hair, brush their teeth, cloth their self, feed their self, to see, to hear, to walk, to talk. Only be able to go outside after death. They my not have a Bible. They may not know the Lord. They may know the Lord, but be afraid they will not go to heaven.

They may not be saved. They don't know how to be saved.

You can walk.
Colossians 1:9 That ye might (walk) worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.

You can talk.
Deuteronomy 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt ( talk ) of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

You can see.
Luke 6:39 And he spake a parable unto them, Can the ( blind ) lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into the ditch?

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