Do you attend funerals for people that you didn't personally know, but you know a handful of family members? I've attended several funerals in this way over the years, especially when the person who passed was a close family member of a church member. This might seem a little odd to some, but I consider the funeral to be more about the comfort of those present than about remembering the deceased. Obviously, for those who knew the person, remembering the deceased is a big part of the funeral service, but comforting the present is always my focus when preaching a funeral, even as I share stories I've heard about the deceased. So, since comforting the present is my main focus, I sometimes attend funerals for people I didn't know, if I know that I'll know several people there. But I realized this morning that I've never seen another pastor do this. Whenever I've preached funerals, I was always the only pastor present (unless they personally knew the deceased). Surely I wasn't the only pastor who had connections with family members. I'm one of the newer pastors in town. I'm interested to hear some of your practices when it comes to this.