Andrew W. Blackwood, the great preaching professor said there are two kinds of ministers: the kind who knows how to conduct a funeral and the other who does not. At times even for those who know the how funerals can be staggering for none are exactly alike for no two people grieve the same. Caring for and comforting people in the hour of grave sorrow doubtlessly is one of the greatest challenges and privileges afforded to the Man of God.
This primer on the funeral is purposed to help the pastor meet this responsibility preparedly and effectively without fear or anxiety with greater ease in fulfillment of God's call echoed by Isaiah, "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God." (Isaiah 40:1)