Funerals Are For The Living

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RussiaWhen the former President Boris Yeltsin of Russia was buried, he had a Russian Orthodox service.  This is the first time in over a century that in Russia a deceased head of state was bid a religious farewell.

The memorial service was held in central Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral and was attended by our former U.S. Presidents George H.W.Bush and Clinton along with dignitaries from many countries.

Was the name of Christ spoken-was the plan of Salvation talked through- did those in charge of the religious parts of this service speak truth to the living?

Funerals are for the living. At a funeral there is a somewhat captive audience that normally ,at least a few of which , wouldn't set foot in church on a Sunday. Don't waste this opportunity. Speak life to the living!

 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Hugh Krone
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Funerals are an excellent time for a preacher to speak about salvation and getting yourself right with the Lord.

Feb 02, 2009 08:15 AM #2
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Broker Nick
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There is something about death and dying that makes the living think about eternity and lving forever.

Feb 02, 2009 11:01 PM #3
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Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett
(FIRST Exclusive Buyer's Office Providence-RI) - Providence, RI
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Funerals provide moral support for the bereaved family and friends and a means to pay tribute to the deceased loved one of their family or their friend. We need this time to share joyful memories of our loved one to help with our grieving process and to ease our pain.

Many member compile photos  and make a collage for friends and family to remember many of the happy events that took place during the life of this person. Many framed pictures are dispayed, too. Members of the immedicate family are asked to take part in the church ceremony by readings, or giving homilys. Each religious and ethnic customs are diverse in their remembrances. Personally when I lost my mom suddenly 4 years ago I needed all the support I could receive. The funeral process was needed to help me through my denial.

Feb 06, 2009 06:09 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
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William - Things just got a little busy - starting as a new real estate agent and all that stuff.

Feb 06, 2009 11:27 AM #5
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Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
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Hugh - That is what we always request when we are in charge of the funeral agenda - salvation!

Feb 06, 2009 11:28 AM #6
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Kathleen Lordbock
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Nicholas - Good time to be thinking about such things too - while you are still alive!

Feb 06, 2009 11:29 AM #7
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Kathleen Lordbock
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Kathleen - I could not get to a dear friend's funeral as I was many states away and in the process of driving my daughter home from college. I did need that whole process to let it really sink in.

Feb 06, 2009 11:30 AM #8
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Kathy Honeycutt
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Death is a new beginning of life, and there is no fear in death if you are a Christian for new life begins. The grave is the last place to really give your life's testimate, and salvation is a wonderful no better place than at a funeral.
Feb 09, 2009 04:48 AM #9
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Kathleen Lordbock
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Kathy - I am in agreement with you here - no fear. and speaking about new life at funerals.

Feb 09, 2009 01:06 PM #10
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Dale Baker
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there Kathleen

Way to many folk's, feel death is something to be afraid of. And something they sould not talk about. The part of the Country I'm really from. We sing and play lively music at our loved ones funerals.

God Bless America

Feb 09, 2009 02:07 PM #11
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Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
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Kathleen,

While always tough to many, most of the funeral's I attend are good for the living as well....

Feb 11, 2009 06:54 AM #12
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Kathleen, I find your post very valuable, I have always been a believer if you treat the living better, they might live longer...How interesting about Boris Yeltsin...I bet you when Puting goes there will be no religious ceremony:)

Feb 11, 2009 06:45 PM #13
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Kathleen Lordbock
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Thanks Endre - treat them right while they (& you are here).

Feb 14, 2009 06:39 AM #14
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Kathleen Lordbock
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Dale - I have  been to some of those funerals -a true celebration of a homecoming.

Feb 14, 2009 06:50 AM #15
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Wendy Welborne-Kimery
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Kathleen and Kathy, I agree with you both.  Some people only go to church for funerals or Chrismtas and Easter.  I'm not sure they feel welcome or "worthy".  At Peninsula Baptist in Mooresville, we try to make sure everyone feels welcome.  They've asked us to go beyond our pew when "greeting someone you didn't walk in with".  I got a call last week from ladies in our church who want to start a Newcomers Ministry.  They were looking for help.  People who will reach out to these visitors when they fill out there cards.  Maybe invite them for a coffee or something besides the usual handshake.  Good Post.

Feb 15, 2009 04:40 AM #16
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Kathleen Lordbock
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Wendy - our church put a coffee shop just off our main foyer inside the building - those who fill out a visitor's card can trun it in for a free mocha, tea, pop, smoothie - whatever they want.  We see a lot more socializing with newbies and members.  It would be great to take that into the week and meet somewhere else too.

Feb 15, 2009 12:29 PM #17
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Renae Bolton
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I absolutely agree!  My pastor always tells about the plan of salvation at every funeral he presides over.  He faithfully explains to the "mourners" that this doesn't have to be "good bye."  He always says that you can see them again in Paradise if you believe in the Lord.

I personally hate attending funerals and avoid them unless there is absolutely no way for me to get out of going.  The reason is, I prefer to remember the person with my fond memories, not laying in a casket or at the cemetery.

~Renae

Feb 23, 2009 01:51 AM #18
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Kathy Toth
Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams - Ann Arbor, MI
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Very nice! No one benefits from funerals except the living.  You can't say goodbye.  You can't say any last words.  The person is gone.  It is too late.  But it is the perfect opportunity for the pastor or presiding minister to talk about seeing the person again.

Kathy

Feb 23, 2009 11:54 AM #19
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Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
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Renae - I have found that I have a much better time accepting someone's death, when I at least attend the viewing the evening before the4 funeral and talk to the family etc if I can't make the funeral.. Hard yes but for myself it helps in the process and hopefully helps those left behind as we talk and mourn together.

Feb 23, 2009 03:15 PM #20
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Kathleen Lordbock
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Kathy - we agree.Funerals are no help to the dead but certainly can mean a good deal to those left. It could be life changing.

Feb 23, 2009 03:18 PM #21
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