A Pastor's Practical Guide to Funerals

Offering Help, Assurance, and Hope

By Lee Franklin Published
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Practical guide to help care and offer healing before, during, and after the funeral.This straight-forward book integrates the pragmatic “how to” of the funeral process--especially in dealing with “difficult” funerals--with the art of being a caring and healing presence before, during, and after the funeral. While conducting a funeral is one the great privileges of ministry, pastors must be skilled and ready to guide grieving family and friends through the process of saying goodbye and burying a loved one. With sample services, prayers, sermon themes, and Bible readings, this book will  help pastors hear, name, and integrate relevant illustration into a respectful story of the deceased's life--a story that is appropriate to the particular circumstances of each situation.

Contents include: Preparing for Death; Caring through Anticipated Death; Caring through Sudden Death; Meeting with Family before the Funeral Service; Creating the Funeral Service; Creating the Funeral Sermon; and Following up with Grievers

Endorsements

"There are things that seminary doesn't teach you and so pastors often learn those things as they face the hard realities of ministry. Lee Franklin does a marvelous job of bridging that learning gap in a way that prevents a pastor from learning the 'hard way.' This 'Practical Guide' is a wonderful guide that I heartily recommend!"
--Bryan D. Collier, Founding and Lead Pastor, The Orchard, Tupelo, Mississippi
Whether you have conducted 100 funerals or none, this insightful and powerful “how-to” book is a must-read for all pastors. Franklin provides abundant, God-centered details for all aspects of one’s death story, peppering her narrative with pertinent examples and invaluable checklists. She turns a complex and sometimes frightening journey for pastors into a compassionate, manageable process. --Jo Elaine Harris, Pastor of Mission, Raleigh District of The United Methodist Church.
More heartfelt ministry is done in the context of funerals than at any other time in a pastoral minister’s career. Lee Franklin’s book is an instant classic in the field, and necessary for any caring minister in today’s experiences of loss, grief, and hope in the modern parish. Many may wax eloquent about the role of the pastor leading up to and flowing from a funeral. Franklin, however, offers clear, practical, and existentially helpful assistance to the person presiding at a funeral service, and great resources to assist loved ones and members of the parish in the days following. Highly recommended. --Stephen V. Sprinkle, Director of Field Education and Supervised Ministry, and Professor of Practical Theology, Brite Divinity School Fort Worth, Texas

Whether you have conducted 100 funerals or none, this insightful and powerful “how-to” book is a must-read for all pastors. Franklin provides abundant, God-centered details for all aspects of one’s death story, peppering her narrative with pertinent examples and invaluable checklists. She turns a complex and sometimes frightening journey for pastors into a compassionate, manageable process. --Jo Elaine Harris, Pastor of Mission, Raleigh District of The United Methodist Church

More heartfelt ministry is done in the context of funerals than at any other time in a pastoral minister’s career.  Lee Franklin’s book is an instant classic in the field, and necessary for any caring minister in today’s experiences of loss, grief, and hope in the modern parish. Many may wax eloquent about the role of the pastor leading up to and flowing from a funeral. Franklin, however, offers clear, practical, and existentially helpful assistance to the person presiding at a funeral service, and great resources to assist loved ones and members of the parish in the days following. Highly recommended.  
--Stephen V. Sprinkle, Director of Field Education and Supervised Ministry, and Professor of Practical Theology, Brite Divinity School Fort Worth, Texas

About the Author

Lee Franklin

Lee Franklin is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and a board certified chaplain (Association for Professional Chaplains). She currently serves as a hospice chaplain in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. A frequent contributor to Daily Bible Studies, she is also the author of A Pastor’s Practical Guide to Funerals (Abingdon Press, 2013). She writes for publications, including Circuit Rider for United Methodist clergy, and PlainViews, a chaplaincy journal. Lee also leads workshops for laity and clergy on pastoral care, grief, death, and dying.