How to start a funeral service

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Here are the words I use every time I begin a funeral service.

We don’t want to be here. Just so that’s clear.
We’re here because when God made us, he built us to respect lives, and to acknowledge that when an earthly life ends, something significant changes.
There is something that is right about gathering, briefly, one last time,
   to affirm that life,
   to accept that death,
   to hear hope for the future, and
   to reflect on how we will live the rest of our lives.

And that’s what we will do.

I’d like to invite God to be part of this time, though he’s already here.

And then I talk to God.

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