Giving a Life Meaning: How to Lead Funerals, Memorial Services, and Celebrations of Life

by Jon Swanson. Independent Publisher, February 2020.


This book provides practical tools for anyone leading a funeral service for the first time.


funeral terminology, service outline, sample messages and eulogies, ideas for difficult situations

Recommended Audience

anyone leading a funeral service for the first time, lay leaders, early career clergy, especially Christian


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Plan a last-minute funeral by using the service planning worksheet and referencing the sample messages.
  • Discuss the outline of a funeral with a grieving family so you can plan with their wishes in mind.

About the Contributor

Matt Burke

Matt Burke is the director of the Northeast Center for Congregations in Fort Wayne and serves as the Center’s Education Director statewide. Matt has a background in classroom, digital and experiential education and most recently served as the associate director of Learning Science at Kaplan Test Prep. He is passionate about using education to develop deeper faith in congregational participants.

Matt earned a B.A. in Religion from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelly, and his two sons, Silas and Levi. Matt also loves storytelling in films, books and music and finding the intersections of faith and popular culture.

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