“Joy in the morning”: a handbook for taking funerals

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3–4 NIV11)

I’m taking a funeral this coming week. Recently I had two phone calls from friends taking a funeral for the first time. They were looking for advice from me. Glad as I was to give it, I realised that I didn’t have anything preprepared as a resource.

Therefore, I have put this booklet together from my own experience, some resources from friends of mine, and various publications.

I hope you find it helpful. Please give me feedback since I know it’s not perfect.

Primarily the handbook is focused on people taking a funeral for the first time, or without a great deal of experience. However, I hope that even those of us who’ve officiated at a good number of funerals will find something useful to help us honour the deceased, bring comfort to the family and glorify God.

God bless, Malcolm

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PS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John