Pros and Cons of Webcasting a Funeral

A few months ago, I read the article More families choose to have funerals webcast from USA Today. I commend the article to you and wanted some pros and cons of this practice from my point of view.

Pros of Webcasting a Funeral

  • Physically distant friends and family are able to see and hear
  • Emotional closure for people unable to be present

Cons of Webcasting a Funeral

  • Enables people to not be present at this sacred time
  • Disconnects the experience from a physical community
We have webcast several funerals at Resurrection, particularly those that we are hosting that have a large community impact. What would you add to these lists?

Top Hymns for a Funeral

Here is a list of the top hymns for a service of death and resurrection. What other songs would you add to this list?

United Methodist Hymnal
Name of Song or Hymn
110 A Mighty Fortress is our God
378 Amazing Grace
700 Abide with Me
154 All hail the power of Jesus’ name
166 All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine
534 Be still, my soul
451 Be thou my vision
420 Breathe on me, Breath of God
302 Christ the Lord is risen today
158 Come, Christians, join to sing
711 For all the saints
577 God of grace and God of glory
578 Great is Thy faithfulness
128 He leadeth me
529 How firm a foundation
139 How great Thou art
707 Hymn of Promise
60 I’ll praise my Maker
Contemporary I Can Only Imagine
Contemporary In Christ Alone
138 In the garden
Contemporary Indescribable
89 Joyful, joyful, we adore thee
708 Just a closer walk with Thee
384 Love divine, all loves excelling
368 My hope is built
117 O God, our help in ages past
Contemporary On Eagle’s Wings
474 Precious Lord, take my hand
144 This is my Father’s world
Contemporary You Raise Me Up

I will continue to update this list at http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=tNj3hqp43ykcrRv2O9Cr5aw&output=html Feel free to use, share and enjoy!

Resources at Thoughts of Resurrection

I am in my third year serving as a pastor and have developed some resources that I have found to be useful in ministry and may be useful for you. You can find them on the Resources page. I have increasingly been using Google Documents as a tool for ministry. It keeps all my things in one searchable place that can be accessed in the same way in any location with internet access. This has been quite helpful during this season when I find myself at church, hospital (CPE) or home.

Feel free to check out and use the resources and make sure to send me an email if you find them useful. Enjoy!

The Blessing of Meals

It is a blessing to have a meal prepared and served to you by someone that you do not know.

In preparation for each of the funeral service of my step-grandmother, Alice Conard, and my grandmother, Nora Fieser, our family shared in a meal prepared by the members of First United Methodist Church in Great Bend and Plains United Methodist Church, respectively.

At a time of grief, good home cooked food was truly comforting and I felt that it was one of the more tangible signs of care that I received.

Thank God for good cooks and caring souls willing to share the blessing of meals.