Common funeral sermons pay tribute to the departed while comforting, encouraging and giving hope to their surviving families and loved ones. Examples to strengthen and inspire the families are derived from texts found in both the Old and New Testaments.
A good funeral sermon acknowledges that death is painful for the surviving family members and loved ones and that it is okay to grieve. Such grieving is vividly depicted in John 11:35, where Jesus wept for Lazarus. Funeral sermons also give hope and comfort to the bereaved who still have a chance to lead lives that are pleasing to God. Hebrews 4:16 is an example of a scripture quoted to urge people back to God for grace and mercy. Psalm 23 is also a source for common funeral sermons that remind those gathered at the funeral that life on earth is not permanent. Hebrews 9:27 is a verse spoken to emphasize the themes of death, judgment and afterlife in eternity.