- DO try to be with the family as soon as you receive word about the family member’s death.
- DO offer to help the family gather information in preparation for the funeral arrangements.
- DO mobilize the church family to join you in caring for the needs of the family.
- DO gently offer suggestions that might make the funeral service more honoring to Christ.
- DO be personal without forgetting that your primary responsibility is to set forth the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- DO expound the Scriptures.
- DO dress appropriately.
- DO get the details about the graveside service.
- DO offer your services to the funeral home when they do not have a minister to serve a grieving family.
- DON’T try to do the funeral directors’ job.
- DON’T squander an opportunity to counsel with the gospel of Christ.
- DON’T be late for the funeral.
- DON’T neglect communicating with those involved in the memorial service.
- DON’T preach too long at the funeral service.
- DON’T do more than you are asked to do.
Croft, Brian; Newton, Phil A. (2014-06-03). Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals: Applying the Gospel at the Unique Challenges of Death (Practical Shepherding Series) (Kindle Locations 229-330). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.