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Help the family plan and carry out the services they want in a way that honors both the dead person and their relatives and friends. Help the family navigate the details regarding what kind of services, who should speak, whether the casket will be open or closed whether people should give flowers or donate to a charity, etc. When you are planning what you will say, take into account special circumstances like murder, suicide or someone who may not have assurance of their relationship to God.
Pastoral Care and Death (Part 2)
A. How should immediate family members be involved in the service?
B. Cremation or burial?
C. Graveside service only?
D. Memorial gifts rather than flowers?
E. Open vs. closed casket?
F. Infant death
G. Wills or living trusts?
J. Suicide and murder
II. Final Thoughts
A. Keep a file on death, grief, funerals
B. Discover good funeral homes
C. Know how to advise
D. Become acquainted with the stages of grief
E. Build bridges with the families in the last days before death
F. Help people prepare ahead of time
III. More Questions
A. What are issues regarding death that affect young people?
B. How do you interact with people who are unbelievers regarding death?
C. How do you die well as a believer?
D. Should people in small groups be supporting each rather than expecting the pastor to be responsible?
E. What about destination memorials?
F. Is encouraging people to get involved in small groups a way to promote people being active in their local body of Christ?
G. Is there value to have individuals share their faith story in a Sunday morning service?
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