Planning a Christian funeral is never easy, and saying goodbye to a loved one is always difficult. People grieve in many different ways, and family tension often adds to the stress during an already emotionally burdensome period.
Thinking about your own funeral can leave you feeling a little uncomfortable, but more adults are finding that preplanning a funeral offers great emotional and even financial security for them and their families. With preplanning, families find comfort in knowing that the funeral reflects what their loved one wanted. Funeral planning gives them the peace of mind of not having to make important decisions during a stressful time. It can also provide them with an opportunity make a statement about their faith.
If you are considering prearranging a funeral, then you should contact a funeral home in your community. A funeral director can walk you through the prearrangement process and help you understand what to expect from a preneed contract.
Once you have made those prearrangements, keep a copy of the plan and any pertinent paperwork in a safe place. It would be good to inform a close friend or relative what arrangements have been made and where the information may be found.
If no prearrangements have been made:
Prepare With a Joy-Filled Attitude
Start by arming yourself with the right attitude. Funeral planning will be less of a weight if you recognize that it can actually help you and your loved ones work through the grieving process. Begin thinking of the service as a celebration of the person’s life. It should be dignified and respectful without being depressing and morbid. Along with mourning, there should be room for expressions of joy — even laughter.
Choosing a Funeral Home
Contact a funeral home in your community. The staff of the funeral home will expertly guide you through the process, from legal documents, preparing an obituary, choosing a casket or cremation, and every aspect of the memorial service and burial.
Contact Your Pastor
Your pastor will play a large role in shaping the overall dynamics of the funeral service. If you have met with him in advance and/or if you have previously completed an advance planning funeral service form, he will have your information ready and will be prepared to get things ready for the service. Having these arrangements made in advance can relieve some of the burden for your family members during their time of loss and sadness.
Please contact a member of Faith Lutheran Church if you would like to complete an advance planning funeral service form.
Your Service Can Offer Faith, Love, and Hope
As a Christian, this important detail in mind when planning the funeral service: funerals are one of the rare times in life when non-Christians stop to think about eternity. A funeral is the perfect opportunity for a Christian family to share their faith and the hope for eternity with non-believing family and friends.
Planning Your Service With Your Pastor
Once you have a plan for the service, you should sit down with the minister and go over the details:
- Any special songs or music you would like to include.
- Any poems, stories, Bible verses, or readings you would like to include.
- Any special speakers or singers you would like to participate.
- Any specific photos of your loved one or family you would like displayed.
- Is there a memorial gift you would recommend to mourners in lieu of sending flowers?
- Do you need the aid of our Helping Hands Committee to provide a luncheon after the funeral service?
Comforting Scriptures for Funerals
1 Corinthians 15:56-57
1 Thessalonians 4:14-17
Isaiah 41:10, 13
2 Corinthians 1:3-4