FUNERAL HOMILY RULES:
- This entire process of the funeral is not about you. If it leans that way you dishonor the deceased and you abuse their loved ones.
- No one will remember a word you say, you are creating an atmosphere of hope not a class on theology.
- Speak with authority (this doesn't mean turn up the volume). This means even as you read the obituary, do so with a surety and assurance. No one will believe what you say, especially at this most venerable time, if you don't.
- Find one text, make sure it speaks to the family and friends about hope, park there.
- Unless you were childhood friends with the deceased, encourage family or friends to do the eulogy -- you stick to the scriptures.
- Keep it very brief. Speak no more that fifteen minutes.