The world just keeps getting weirder and weirder. Here’s an example of a new fad— “Fun Funerals”. Really! How about a funeral with a magician, tombstone cookies, or a chocolate-covered casket? Here’s the link if you care to read the story—http://www.
Now, I’ve conducted a lot of funerals over the last 48 years, but I’ve never seen what I would call a “fun” funeral. I’ve seen laughter, rejoicing, and celebration during funerals, but a “fun” funeral never. I’m not convinced that funerals should be “fun”. Of course,you can plan whatever type of funeral you please, but the fact remains that if anyone loves you they will grieve when you are gone. Trying to avert the grieving process by having cheers instead of tears doesn’t help—-IMHO. I’ve heard people say, “Don’t cry for me when I’m gone”— I might have said that, but get real, you don’t really expect that do you? It’s just natural that we mourn the loss of a loved one. Even if we rejoice that they are in heaven and out of suffering, we miss those we love when they’re gone.
It is my firm conviction that the time at the funeral would be better spent preaching the gospel, rather than denying the seriousness of death. Turning the funeral into a three-ring circus to make the living feel better doesn’t change the destiny of the deceased, nor impart hope to the living. If you are intent on planning your own funeral and truly concerned about how it will affect your loved ones, you need to make sure you leave a testimony of salvation and live so as to be missed. Think about it!