When my husband was serving as a leader in our church, he was often the first person called when a family lost a loved one. He would meet the family at their home to console and comfort them. One of his main jobs was to help the different families plan funeral programs. He would do this in conjunction with the funeral home that the family had hired for their funeral. Sometimes the family would want to hold the funeral at the funeral home, and sometimes they wanted the funeral held at their local church.
Funeral programs provide a great way for the family to begin to heal from their loss. The funeral usually starts with an opening song and an opening prayer. A family member then reads a eulogy of the deceased person. After the eulogy, there are several talks celebrating the life of the deceased loved one. These talks are often given by family members. Sometimes the clergyman officiating at the funeral is asked to offer a few words. Musical numbers are often performed between the talks. These musical numbers can be either vocal solos or group numbers. There can also be instrumental numbers performed at the funeral. The music is often the most powerful and the most comforting part of the funeral.