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A Pastor's Practical Guide to Funerals: Offering Help, Assurance, and Hope

Abingdon Press / 2013 / Paperback

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A must-read for all pastors---whether you've conducted 100 funerals or none! Packed with sample services, extensive illustrations, and sensible advice, Franklin's indispensable handbook offers guidance in preparing individuals and families for death, meeting with loved ones of the deceased, creating a meaningful funeral service and sermon, and following up with the grieving. 163 pages, softcover from Abingdon.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 163
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 1426758197
ISBN-13: 9781426758195
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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

Author Bio

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 Pastors 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.

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