Fellowship in the local church includes sharing in the passages of life. Death is one of those passages, and it incurs great emotion and grief. As elders we need to be able to respond to people’s needs during times of dying and death. These can be some of the most profound opportunities for shepherding God’s people. Join Bob Deffinbaugh as he shares great insights into the topic of funerals and dying.Audio File
“Comforting the Bereaved: For Pastors and Others Who Minister,” by Warren W. Wiersbe, David W. Wiersbe, Moody Press, 1985. An excellent, brief book on shepherding those who have lost loved ones.
“Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart: How to Relate to Those Who Are Suffering,” by Kenneth C. Haugk, Stephen Ministries, 2045 Innerbelt Business Center Drive, St. Louis, Missouri, 2004. Haugk presents good, practical insight into comforting the bereaved, showing both what not to do or say, as well as suggestions that really do help, based on years of experience. The Stephen Ministries provides good teaching and training for counseling ministry in the church and has produce many good resources.