Lutheran Christians believe in Jesus Christ whose bodily death and resurrection made possible life everlasting. The gathering of family and friends, who form a community of hope for a funeral or memorial service, is a rich opportunity to recall the promises of God through Christ. Because of His suffering, death, and resurrection to new life, each time we gather to worship upon the death of a loved one, we do so in the context of God’s promise. Every funeral includes praising God in Christ who is our hope and our salvation, even as we remember the deceased and give thanks to God for the time shared with that person.
A funeral or memorial service should be comforting to those who mourn as well as bear witness to our faith in Jesus Christ. The concern of gathered friends does minister to our grief but, above all else, a funeral is a service of worship to God. There, in God’s presence together, we witness to our faith in the communion of saints, the resurrection of the body, and the life ever-lasting.
The information in the Funeral Planning Guide below is designed to support and guide families making plans upon the death of a loved one, and to provide a tool for planning for the future when your ownlife on this earth ends.
View the Funeral Planning Guide and Worksheet