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What does a Funeral Preacher
say at a funeral?
A preacher may speak about the personality of the deceased, and what they meant to the people who loved them. Often, the preacher will also be asked to read meaningful passages from a religious text or a favorite book. Preachers may open the funeral service by welcoming and thanking those who came to pay their respects.

What is it called when a pastor speaks at funeral?
Religious Consideration.

How much do you pay a Funeral Preacher to perform a funeral?
The average honorarium for a pastor who is performing a funeral is between $200-$500 per day, depending on how much time for preparation and work is involved.

Preparing our afterlife plan guarantees to assure your funeral costs are paid in advance, is to be pro-active now while you are living to make your afterlife plans, so your loved ones are not put under the financial pressure to pay your funeral costs at the last moment.

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Baptizing the deceased afterlife
For our resurrection according to the Bible, we can have the Seal of the God of us, upon our forehead. "Or what shall they do which are Baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then Baptized for the dead? (1 Cor 15:29-34)

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What does the Bible say about mourning for the dead?
John 14:1 "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
Matt 5:4 "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted."
Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit."
Psalm 73:26 "My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever."
Psalm 49:15
"God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me"
Psalm 31:5. "Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed "..
Matt 5:4 “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”
Rev 21:4 "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
1 Thess 4:13 "Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him."
Deuteronomy 34:8 "And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days: so the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended."

Cremation
The Bible does not say cremation is approved or not. But it does describe instances where the Prophets in the Old Testament are buried in whole, never burned or cremated. (Gen 23:9, Deut 34:5-6, Mark 6:29). Not to mention Jesus was buried in the whole, or He wouldn't have a body to be resurrected? (Mark 15:43-46)

A person has the right to control their disposition of his or her own remains without the predeath or postdeath consent of another person. Since the beginning of mankind, we have taken our first breath at birth, and returned that first breath at our passing. There is nothing we can do to change this process, it's obviously God's plan. All we can do is to be informed to prepare ourselves, not to be a burden to our family and friends when it is our time.

When you do pass, where or whenever you may be. Perhaps you pass away in your kitchen, or you pass after you're rushed to a hospital in an ambulance, you often hear. The hospital is not able to revive you, your doctor commonly uses the term "your body tired out," as your heart stopped.

You're then turned over to the County Medical Examiner in the County where you passed. That Medical Examiner examines you making certain there was no foul play in your death, that Medical Examiner then issues your Death Certificate. If foul play is suspected, you're then placed in "refrigeration" for further police investigation.

If no foul play is detected, and/or foul play Police investigation is completed. That Police Medical Examiner would sign off your death certificate, then you are returned to the County Medical Examiner custody. Then normally a family member(s) would transfer you to your requested afterlife planned Funeral Home of choice. From that point the Funeral Home would assist the deceased family preparing for burial services.

Funeral Rites today, every deceased must pay minimum of at least cremation. Funeral costs which is a minimum $2500. There is no free cremation and urn. The saying is, "we're required to pay death and taxes.

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36% Americans didn't write afterlife preparations.
If this is you failing to prepare your afterlife instructions, and you have no family to be asked to pay. You are offered up as an "indigent cremation" to all funeral homes in your area. Per turn and need, the next funeral home will cremate you as a potters service, (if later it is found you have resources to pay, the Funeral Home Cremations performed will be listed as a creditor to be paid), which is normally starts at about $2,500.

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Sometimes no one steps up to handle your Funeral Home needs.
When you are found deceased (it happens to everyone) You are eventually delivered to a funeral home. The funeral home attempts to contact your next of kin, to pay for your burial needs.

If no next of kin family member is found, leaving you abandoned. In this case, in Spokane WA, your urn is delivered to Holy Cross Cemetery. When after about 20 indigent deceased unclaimed urns are collected, (a group of about 20), a Catholic Bishop then performs your burial rites. Your ashes are placed in your own urn, and are then stored in an above ground crypt with the rest of unclaimed indigent deceased, wishing or waiting to be hopefully claimed by a next of kin sometime in the future. Of course when a next of kin claims you, they are also billed with all your unpaid burial expenses.

Cremation is often chosen, because it's the least expensive, than a whole body casket burial.

Catholic Church conducted the first "Christian Cremation." In 1384 Catholic Biblical scholar John Wycliffe, conducted a Catholic school in Yorkshire, England, teaching Catholic Latin Bible to English speaking children. For his English speaking students in England, Wycliffe translated the Catholic Latin Bible into the first English Bible, called today the "Wycliffe Bible." John Wycliffe passed away natural causes, and his first English Bible remained being used in England.

110 years later, in 1494 William Tyndale copied Wycliffe's first English Bible, he marketed it to all England, it was selling like hot cakes. The Catholic Church arrested Tyndale, and sentenced Tyndale to burn at the stake. Immediately after that, the Catholic Church exhumed and cremated Wycliffe's body from his grave, throwing Wycliffe's cremated ashes into the river Swift, google it!

Wycliffe, was dug up from his whole body grave site, and cremated to ashes, so he could not be resurrected to Heaven, as punishment for translating the first English Bible from Latin, that enabled Tyndale later to copy, where he was burned at the stake. google it!

At that time in history, the Catholic Church did not allow cremation, because if you have no whole body, then you cannot be resurrected. Today, Catholic Church allows cremation, as long as you have a burial marker. Now you know the rest of that story.

It's your choice whichever, wherever, and whatever, it's both your belief and faith to preplan your afterlife.

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Some wanting to be humble might say, they don't care what happens after they die, just burn and flush my ash's down any toilet. The only conflict with this "I don't care" theory, is this humble theory makes your family pay, and/or it forces the tax payer to pay, forcing charity to donate to you because, "you're a humble person."

With the increase in inexpensive cremation, interment, the cremation definition now means "final resting place." In other words, it's the place where a person is laid to rest permanently, whether they are buried or cremated.

If you lost a loved one, you will probably spend a lot of time learning how to plan a funeral. Here is a list of prayers and benedictions from a variety of faith communities that could end your service.

You and your family will be making many decisions within the next few days after the passing. And if your loved one didn't make funeral arrangements before they passed, this can be a trying time. The following are thoughts and explanation to inform you to the common terms and traditions used in the afterlife industry.

Readings and prayers in your service can be difficult to decide. There are many funeral scriptures, poems, and song lyrics to choose from. You may also be searching for closing prayers or benedictions for the end of your loved one's funeral service.

Choosing readings and prayers for a funeral is just a small part of the post-death process.

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How to choose speakers for a funeral
Another important choice is the person or people who will write and deliver a speech - an eulogy - about the life of the person who has died. The speech is ideally given by someone who knew the person well enough to gather and share memories and highlights of his/her life.

What is the person who speaks at a funeral called?
Guest Speaker or Eulogist

Who traditionally does the Eulogy at a funeral or memorial service?
In many communities, the deceased's priest, Pastor, Rabbi, or Minister writes, and gives the eulogy at the funeral. If the religious leader knew the deceased personally, he or she would probably add personal stories, especially those that tell the story of the person's faith.

Does a Pastor speak at a funeral?
What does a Pastor say at a graveside?
"O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of thy servant and grant him an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of thy saints; through Jesus Christ thy son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever, Amen."

Is an Eulogy required at a funeral?
While an eulogy is not mandatory, it can be the most important part of the service. Many attendees may not know the deceased well, or may have only known the deceased for a portion of his or her life. An eulogy is an opportunity to share your love for the deceased and shed light on what he/she was like as a person.

Funeral etiquette:
Who needs to be Paid?
How much do you pay a soloist for a funeral?
If they play the music for a funeral, it is good etiquette to offer them a tip for their additional services since they make an extra time commitment to be present. In most cases, $50 to $175 for each musician is customary.

Do you tip funeral directors?
The short answer is: No, you do not tip the funeral director. Their fees are included in the overall funeral costs. After all, they receive a salary from the funeral home and don't rely on tips. If your funeral director did a good job, you can send a thank you note or rate them favorably online.

Take a few minutes to introduce yourself, and offer condolences. And explain how the service will proceed

How do you talk to a funeral without crying?
Tips for getting through a Funeral Speech,
1. Look at your speech like an opportunity.
2. Preparation is key.
3. Listen to your heart.
4. Don't worry about getting emotional.
5. Have a glass of water and some tissues handy.
6. Memorize parts of the speech.
7. Think about eye contact.
8. Don't rush through it.

Who should do Eulogy at the funeral?
Family members, friends, clergy, and/or funeral conductors often give eulogies. At very religious funerals it is common for only clergy to deliver eulogies. However, even at many religious funerals it is common for others to deliver eulogies as well.

How to write an Eulogy
What do you say at the end of an eulogy?
How do you say a few words at a funeral?
Words to say at a funeral
1. I am sorry about your loss.
2. I wish I had the right words to say, just know that I care for you.
3. I'll always remember your loved one for_____.
4. If there's anything you need, I am here for you. Please don't hesitate to call. I'll miss their kind words and sweet smile.

How to write an Eulogy
for your loved one
" A brief overview of their life, including key milestones.
" Your favorite memories with them, including a specific anecdote or two.
" Details about their relationships with close family and friends.
" Any significant accomplishments related to career, interests, or hobbies.

What should you not say in an Eulogy?
Here are some things to avoid mentioning in your eulogy speech.
" Focusing on cause of death.
" Faults/shortcomings.
" Old hurts.
" Grudges.
" Past arguments/disagreements.
" Family rifts.
" Bad memories.
" Unhealthy rivalries.

Things to Avoid in an Eulogy
What should you not say in an eulogy?
What do you say at the end of an eulogy?
How to End an Eulogy. The ending of your eulogy should be simple. Addressing the person who has died with a phrase such as, "We will miss you" or "Rest well on your journey, my friend" can be a good way to wrap up. You can also end with an inspirational quote if that feels better to you.

What is the person who speaks at a funeral called?
Guest Speaker or Eulogist

Another important speaker choice is the person or people who will write and deliver a speech - the eulogy - about the life of the person who has died. The speech is ideally given by someone who knew the person well enough to gather and share memories and highlights of his/her life.

Can jeans be worn to a funeral?
The most common answer is that jeans aren't considered appropriate funeral etiquette unless requested by the family. However, dark, unembellished jeans paired with a shirt, tie, and blazer for men or a blouse and a blazer for women can be appropriate for a casual service.

Ending an eulogy
for a mother or father
1. What a legacy, what a life. I invite each of you to keep my dad/mom [name] alive in your hearts. ...
2. Mom/dad, you will be missed greatly. ...
3. This is not goodbye. ...
"Say not in grief 'he/she is no more' but in thankfulness that he was." - Hebrew Proverb.

How do I write a tribute to my deceased mother?
Writing the Tribute Speech to Mom
1. Birthdate and birthplace.
2. Memories of what the deceased was like as a child and at other points of her life.
3. Important dates such as a wedding date, graduation date, etc.
4. Names of her children.
5. Occupation and/or hobbies.
6. Mention of her faith or spirituality.
7. Funny or warm memories.

A funeral celebrant, or funeral officiate is a qualified person, usually from a non-clergy background, who officiates funeral services. Funeral celebrants typically help organize and conduct funerals, supporting the bereaved family every step of the way with the aim of celebrating the life of the person who has died.

What prayer do you say at graveside?
O God, by whose mercy the faithful departed find rest, bless this grave, and send your holy angel to watch over it. Lord, comfort those who mourn and sustain them with the hope of eternal life.
What to say before reading a scripture at a funeral?

What to say before reading a scripture at a funeral?
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

What do you say at a funeral closing prayer?
Here is the full text: "O God, by whose mercy the faithful departed find rest, send your holy Angel to watch over this grave. Through Christ our Lord. Amen."

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12 Closing Prayers or Benedictions for a Funeral Service
For many Christians, prayer is a more fluid experience than the prayers above might make it seem. Instead of reading prayers, many Christian officiants will instead offer up prayers off the cuff. That practice can make it difficult to find prayers suitable for your service. And it could be why you can't find many non-denominational Christian funeral prayers.

1. "Sending Prayer" from a Lutheran Funeral Liturgy
This is a common prayer an efficient might say at the end of a Lutheran funeral.
It begins, "Let us commend ________ to the mercy of God, our maker and redeemer, into your hands. O merciful Savior, we commend your servant ____________ . Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming."
The prayer continues and asks that the deceased be granted everlasting peace.

2. "Salat al-Janazah" from Islam
This prayer is part of the funeral ritual for a member of the Muslim faith. In this prayer, the congregation asks that the sins of all deceased Muslims be forgiven.
The prayer begins, "O God, forgive our living and our dead, those who are present among us and those who are absent, our young and our old, our males and our females. O God, whoever You keep alive, keep him alive in Islam, and whoever you cause to die, cause him to die with faith. O God, do not deprive us of the reward and do not cause us to go atray after this."
The prayer continues and asks that the deceased be given a "home better than his home, and a family better than his family" in the afterlife.

3. "Kel Maleh Rachamim" from Judaism
This prayer is also referred to as a Prayer of Mercy.
This Jewish funeral prayer reads (in part): "G--, full of mercy, who dwells in the heights, provide a sure rest upon the Divine Presence's wings. Therefore, the Master of Mercy will protect him forever, from behind the hiding of his wings, and will tie his soul with the rope of life. The Everlasting is his heritage, and he shall rest peacefully upon his lying place, and let us say Amen."

4. "Graveside Prayers" from the Catholic Church
This prayer starts by acknowledging Jesus' death and resurrection. It then goes on to ask God to help the deceased rest in peace.

Here is the full text: "Lord Jesus Christ, by your own three days in the tomb, you hallowed the graves of all who believe in you and so made the grave a sign of hope that promises resurrection even as it claims our mortal bodies.
Grant that our brother/sister, ______, may sleep here in peace until you awaken him/her to glory, for you are the resurrection and the life. Then he/she will see you face to face and in your light will see the light and know the splendor of God, for you live and reign forever and ever. Amen."

5. "Burial II" from the Episcopal Church
This prayer is in The Book of Common Prayer. "The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant: Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight; through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen."

6. "Buddhist Prayer for Peace" from Buddhism
This prayer is used within the Buddhist tradition for many situations including funerals. The full text reads: "May all beings everywhere plagued with sufferings of body and mind quickly be freed from their illnesses. May those frightened cease to be afraid, and may those bound be free. May the powerless find power, and may people think of befriending one another May those who find themselves in trackless, fearful wilderness - the children, the aged, the unprotected - be guarded by beneficial celestials, and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood."

7. "Benediction Prayer" from the Christian Church
Although this prayer is not always used at the end of funerals, it is common to hear at the end of a church service. It is very appropriate for a funeral, as it asks God to give the mourners peace.
Here is the full text: "May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace." (The text is from the book of Numbers.)

8. "Final Prayer" from The Church of England
An officiant can use this prayer at the end of a funeral service. Although it was written by a member of the Church of England, it could be used for any Christian burial service.
"God our Father, by raising Christ your Son, you destroyed the power of death and opened for us the way to eternal life. As we remember before you, our brother/sister _________, we ask your help for all who shall gather in his/her memory. Grant us the assurance of your presence and grace by the Spirit you have given us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

9. "Funeral Prayer" from the Methodist Church
One can easily find the full text for a Methodist funeral online.
Part of their closing includes this prayer: "Eternal God, we praise you for the great company of all those who have finished their course in faith and now rest from their labor. We praise you for those dear to us whom we name in our hearts before you. Especially we praise you for _____, whom you have graciously received into your presence. To all of these, grant your peace. Let perpetual light shine upon them; and help us so to believe where we have not seen, that your presence may lead us through our years, and bring us at last with them into the joy of your home not made with hands, eternal in the heavens; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

10. "Funeral Prayer" from the Mennonite Church
You may consider using this simply-written poem from the Mennonite Church. It speaks about a Christian's hope for eternal life.
It says, in part: "Our loving and eternal God, the One who knows our heart and from whom no secret is hidden. We come before You with all the sorrow and pain that is in our hearts today. For we have loved _________ and we will miss her/him. We bring our grief, our sense of loss before you. We also come before you with a sense of hope and expectation . . "

11. "Kaddish Prayer" from Judaism
Kaddish refers to prayers regularly recited during a service. But it can also refer to specific prayers said for the dead.

Here is an example prayer you may use in your loved one's service: "May His great name be kept magnified and sanctified in the world that is to be created anew, where He will revive the dead, and raise them up to eternal life; and rebuild the city of Jerusalem; and establish His Temple in its midst; and uproot alien worship from the earth and restore the worship of Heaven to its place. May the Holy One, blessed be He, reign in His sovereignty and glory, during your life ring your days."

12. What do you say at a funeral closing prayer?
"Mourner's Prayer" from the Catholic Church
Finally, this brief prayer is one to use when saying your final goodbyes to your loved one.
"Oh God, by whose mercy the faithful departed find rest, send your holy Angel to watch over this grave. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

How do you write a powerful eulogy?
10 Tips for Writing and Delivering a Memorable and Meaningful...
1. Tell happy stories. ...
2. Keep it to a reasonable length. ...
3. Have someone look it over for you. ...
4. Keep the audience in mind when writing. ...
5. Practice reading it aloud. ...
6. Start with the lighter stuff. ...
7. Speak slowly. ...
8. Make eye Contact.

What should you not say in an Eulogy?
Here are some things to avoid mentioning in your eulogy speech.
" Focusing on cause of death.
" Faults/shortcomings.
" Old hurts.
" Grudges.
" Past arguments/disagreements.
" Family rifts.
" Bad memories.
" Unhealthy rivalries.

What you need to know about Eulogies and Tributes.
In many religions, the eulogy is delivered by the clergy member who is officiating the service. In many cases, a religious eulogy will focus on the role of God and faith in the life of the person who died, rather than any secular accomplishments.

How long should an Eulogy be in words?
A funeral eulogy of between 500 and 1000 written words will take from around three and a half to seven and a half minutes to speak. Some funeral venues allocate a specific period of time for a funeral.

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Should I speak at my mother's funeral?
Keep in mind if you're not a fan of public speaking, it's a good idea to keep your speech on the shorter side, as emotions may run high on the day of the funeral, memorial, or celebration of life service. A eulogy should start by introducing yourself and then end with final thoughts about your mom.

What do you say in an Eulogy for your Mother?
Short eulogy examples can be used as a template to help you get started, pick a general theme, and figure out what tone works best for your style. Keep in mind if you're not a fan of public speaking, it's a good idea to keep your speech on the shorter side, as emotions may run high on the day of the funeral, memorial, or celebration of life service. An eulogy should start by introducing yourself and then end with final thoughts about your mom. Fill in the middle with information personalized your mom, her life, and your relationship.

Eulogy for Mother with a degenerative Illness
If your mother passed away due to a degenerative illness such as dementia or cancer, you may or may not wish to include information about her experience with this illness in your speech. If you would like to include information abut your mother's experience with a degenerative illness, you may mention it briefly after the introduction, or before closing, but be sure not to solely focus on this.

Examples include:
"As many of you know, (insert deceased individual's name) was diagnosed with (insert illness) back in (insert date). Despite this diagnosis, her passion for life and her contagious curiosity was no different. She was and will continue to be an inspiration to us all for living life to the fullest and not letting anything get in her way." (Insert deceased individual's name) kept her diagnosis of (insert name of illness) quite private. She never wanted to burden anyone with feeling like they had to take care of her, especially on her more challenging days. Her selflessness didn't just show up after her diagnosis- she has been this way her whole life, putting others first and wanting to be her family and friends' rock."

Eulogy for deceased with mental health disorder
Similar to an eulogy for a mother who had a degenerative illness, it is up to you to decide whether you'd like to disclose your mother's mental health diagnosis. Be sure if you do include the diagnosis, that it is there for a purpose, not just to mention it.

Examples include.
"As some of you may know, (insert deceased individual's name) had a diagnosis of (insert diagnosis). Despite the challenges that this diagnosis created for her, she always persevered and continued to show her family that prioritizing self-care and mental wellbeing are significant aspects of creating a happy life. I will always hear him/her voice when it's time for me to check in with my own emotional well-being. We honor him/her memory today and every day."

"My dad/mom/sibling/child has had a diagnosis of (insert diagnosis) for as long as I can remember. Even though this has brought significant challenges his/her way, he/she always prioritized taking care of himself/herself so he/she could be there for his/her family. Looking back, I am only now beginning to understand just how much he/she had to overcome to be the dad/mom/sibling/child she was to us.

After mentioning the diagnosis, you can go into a more detailed story that illustrates who your dad/mom/sibling/child was as a person. Personal anecdotes make a eulogy speech that much more meaningful and special. Religious Eulogy for your deceased.

If your dad/mom/sibling/child practiced a certain religion, or had a religious saying that was meaningful to them, you can consider adding it to your eulogy speech. You can do so by weaving in the saying or certain beliefs into the overarching theme of your speech.

Examples of religious Eulogies include:
"(Insert deceased individual's name) lived dad/mom/sibling/child life with a passion for love and acceptance of all people. Dad/mom/sibling/child often would say (insert religious belief or saying) and dad/mom/sibling/child exemplified this by (insert specific example of their doing so). I am so grateful to have had dad/mom/sibling/child as such an incredible example of kindness, honesty, and strength."

"Religion has always been a huge part of (insert deceased individual's name) life. When any of us were experiencing a difficult moment in life, dad/mom/sibling/child tended to say, (insert religious saying). Through this saying, she taught us about strength and believing in ourselves."

Eulogy for a difficult Dad/Mom/Sibling/Child
If you had an estranged or strained relationship with your dad/mom/sibling/child, you will still be able to give a beautiful eulogy speech if you feel comfortable doing so.

Try to focus on the positive characteristics of dad/mom/sibling/child and/or obstacles that dad/mom/sibling/child overcame. While you don't need to delve into the nitty gritty of your relationship, you can still capture positive aspects of dad/mom/sibling/child spirit in your words.

You can consider saying:
"While my dad/mom/sibling/child and I didn't have the closest relationship, I always admired dad/mom/sibling/child belief in herself and his/her ability to prioritize her needs. (Insert deceased individual's name) overcame a lot of hardship and poured himself/herself into becoming who he/she wanted to be. I am grateful for the time we spent together."

"As many of you are aware of, my dad/mom/sibling/child and I weren't as close as I wished we had been. Although we had our differences, I learned some incredible lessons from him/her about patience, strength, and respect. (Insert deceased individual's name) experienced many challenges in life and faced them head on with incredible strength and determination."

If you are struggling to come up with positive attributes, you can focus on his/her life chronologically and mention relationships that were important to him/her, her accomplishments, his/her hobbies, and his/her career.
Eulogy From a Son or Daughter

An eulogy written by a dad's/mother's son or daughter can be such a special tribute. An example of an eulogy from a son or daughter:
"(Insert deceased individual's name) was the kindest, most loving person I've ever known. He/She fathered/mothered everyone, so much so that friends would often call him/her dad/mom. He/She took this as a compliment and never shied away from being there for others who needed support in one way or another. As his/her (daughter or son), I feel like I grew up with the most incredible role model who taught me to always be myself and to always push myself to learn more. I will miss his/her smile, his/her laugh, his/her sage advice, and his/her bubbly personality. I know all of us will miss him/her famous chocolate cake. Thank you again for being his/her today to honor his/her memory. He/She loved all of you and his/her memory will live on in all of us."

Eulogy for a Father/Mother-in-Law
Examples of speeches for a deceased in-law include:
"There's a misconception that your in-laws are going to be trouble. That couldn't be further from the truth when it came to (insert deceased individual's name). He/She welcomed me with open arms and I grew fond of his/her extremely early on in our relationship. We ended up bonding over our love of animals and would spend our time hiking with our dogs and volunteering at local shelters together. While I don't feel ready to say goodbye, I know how lucky I am to have known him/her for the limited amount of time that I did. I miss him/her and so wish I got the privilege of spending more time with him/her."
"(Insert deceased individual's name) was a kind, free-spirited individual who loved to sing, dance, and cook amazing meals. He/She had a passion for many things, but most of all he/she had a passion for being a dad/mom. I've watched him/her for the last several years be the most incredible dad/mom to his/her children and when I came into the picture, he/she made an effort to make me feel welcome in his/her family right away. I have learned so many lessons from him/her about following your dreams and loving with all of your heart. I will miss his/her incredible presence and feel honored to be a part of his/her family."

Eulogy for a Step Dad/Mom
Eulogy examples for a step parent include:
"While we weren't technically related, I always felt like (insert deceased individual's name) was an incredible father/mother figure for me and my siblings. He/She was kind, soft-spoken, and had a deep love of reading. He/She loved to sit around and chat with us, always curious about not only our days, but our hopes and dreams. He/She was my guiding light through challenging moments and I will forever miss him/her gentle spirit."
"(Insert deceased individual's name) didn't come into my life until I was an adult, but I'm so happy he/she did. He/She was an incredible person who made a tremendous effort to get to know our family and seemed to fit in perfectly. He/She always made us laugh and was quick to offer support during difficult times. His/Her love of music was contagious, and he/she was constantly composing the most beautiful songs. I will miss his/her every day, but I feel so lucky to have had time with him/her."

How to Write a Eulogy for Your Father/Mother.
Writing a eulogy can feel like an overwhelming task for some individuals and can feel even more difficult during the process of grieving. Before you begin writing the tribute for your father/mother, pick a time when you feel motivated to write, instead of forcing yourself to do so when you aren't feeling up to it. Keep in mind that you can ask for help writing the eulogy from friends, family members, as well as the funeral director if you get stuck.

What should be included in your Parent's Eulogy?
Eulogies will vary based on a number of factors. In general, information in the eulogy should include mentioning your father's/mother's close friends and family, his/her personality, his/her impact on your life, and special milestones. You can also add in a meaningful anecdote or special poem to honor your dad/mom, too.

Coping with grief when writing.
While writing and giving the eulogy speech may help a bit with closure, the grieving process is incredibly unique and complex. Whether you had an amazing relationship with your dad/mom, an estranged one, or a complicated one, grief can still show up and may continue to do so for months to years after the passing. Find healthy ways to cope with your grief and reach out for help immediately if you are struggling with acts of daily living and/or are having thoughts of harming yourself or others.

How do I write a Tribute to my Father/Mother?
Writing an eulogy is a beautiful way to honor your father/mother at his/her funeral. Take your time as you write the eulogy and know that whatever you say in your speech will be enough.

How much should you pay someone to sing at a funeral?
Between $100 and $200. Costs and Fees for Funeral Singers can have no limit. Costs for funeral singers vary widely but you can expect to pay between $100 and $200, depending on how many songs you select. You may also pay a fee for an accompanist, sound equipment, and other items that may be needed.

Most clergy and religious singers will participate in a funeral for no charge, but it is customary to offer an honorarium. The amount you offer is entirely up to you, based on what you can afford. If you'd like, this is something that the funeral home can do for you as a cash advance.

Do you tip a grave digger?
No tips or gratuities are to be given to cemetery workers by visitors or Rights Holders, nor shall any be accepted by any cemetery worker.

Who pays for dinner after funeral?
Typically, family members of the deceased will sponsor the meal. When financial issues are present, the family may request a donation from the attendees. Agreeing on who pays for the repast meal is essential. The post-funeral luncheon can easily exceed $2,000.

Do you send thank you cards after a funeral?
You don't need to send a formal thank you note to everyone who attended the funeral/visitation or sent you a sympathy card. Instead, a thank you note or acknowledgement should be sent to anyone who has done something extra, including: People who sent or brought flowers.

Who pays for funeral flowers?
The Immediate family buys the casket flowers.

In military funeral tradition where the casket is draped on the national flag, the bereaved family can choose to place a standing spray instead. In some cases, they can also provide minimalist floral arrangements at the foot surrounding the casket.

How do you write a tribute to a pastor?
Detail the good deeds and acts of kindness the pastor has shown to others over the years. Rely on your anecdotal stories and the congregation interviews for this information. Add your own personal appreciation for something special the pastor has done for you, if you have that type of relationship.

How do I start the funeral process?
How to plan a funeral step-by-step
1. Contact the deceased's legal representative. ...
2. Select a funeral home. ...
3. Choose a form of disposition. ...
4. Choose a service type. ...
5. Choose a location for the funeral service. ...
6. Find and schedule a clergy member or officiant. ...
7. Select a casket. ...
8. Select a burial container and/or vault.

When you're overcome with grief, every task seems overwhelming. To ease your strain, we've compiled this list to walk you through planning a funeral, step-by-step, to keep track of where you are in the process.

Contact the deceased's legal representative
When you contact the legal representative of the deceased, you will learn whether he or she has a prearranged funeral plan. If an afterlife plan exists, it will give direction on how to proceed with funeral arrangements.

Select a funeral home
If the deceased didn't have a Preneed Funeral insurance policy, select a funeral home and schedule time with a funeral director. A funeral director helps families plan and carry out funeral services.

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Choose a form of disposition
Disposition is the manner that human remains are handled, such as burial or cremation. You'll also need to decide whether other preparations of the deceased are needed, such as embalming or type of cremation.

Choose a service type
Types of services include:
1. Religious funeral service: A funeral typically held at a religious place of worship and involves prayers and rituals from the deceased's religious background.
2. Military funeral service: A funeral service that can happen at the deceased family's request if the deceased was a part of a military organization, and it sometimes involves an honor guard participating in the funeral service.
3. Fraternal funeral service: A funeral that incorporates aspects from the deceased's fraternal involvement.

Choose a location for the funeral service
You may hold the service at a religious location, like a Church, or you may select a place that held special meaning for the deceased.

Find and schedule a clergy member or officiant
Clergy are a religious organization or Church, who perform pastoral services, while an officiant has no religious ties but is able to lead funerals.

Select a casket
If burial was chosen, select a casket, which is a specially made box used to contain a deceased person's body, and decide whether it will be open or closed at the funeral.

Select a burial container and/or vault
A burial container or vault is typically made of concrete and encloses a coffin to assist in preventing it from sinking.
Select accessories
Choose clothing, jewelry, and glasses for the deceased.
Choose final touches
Discuss cosmetology and hairdressing for the deceased with the funeral director.
Select a cremation container
If cremation was chosen, select an urn or niche space and a cremation container.
1. An urn is a large vase used to hold the ashes of a cremated body.
2. A niche space is a recessed compartment in a wall where an urn can be placed.
3. A cremation container is a casket that is usually made of all wood and is purchased for the funeral service that is later cremated with the body.

Arrange a cemetery plot
1. Find the cemetery deed or proof of ownership. A cemetery deed is a document that proves someone owns a grave and has the right to be buried in it in the event of their death.
2. If the deceased hasn't purchased a plot, you will need to secure interment space and get an exact location of burial disposition. An interment space is where an urn or casket is buried in a cemetery.

Make grave arrangements
Arrange for opening and closing of the grave at the cemetery.

Secure endowment care
Endowment care is the general maintenance of an individual's gravesite in a cemetery.

Arrange the graveside committal service
This service is a funeral ceremony held at the gravesite at a cemetery.

Reserve the cemetery chapel
Secure use of the cemetery chapel for committal prayers, which are said at the graveside committal service, if applicable.

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