I'd be interested in hearing from other pastors or, for that matter, from anyone who has conducted funerals. What is your approach to the message? May I share a little of my own approach? First, if I have control over the printed order of worship (and funeral homes are notorious for using their own boiler plate if you don't intervene), I ask that the term "message" be used instead of "eulogy". Eulogy seems to me to be a potentially hypocritical exercise in praising someone, when my style and philosophy is that this is an occasion for a Gospel message, though it will be illustrated by the life of the deceased. I am normally able to intuit (well, feel led by the Spirit) toward some passage of Scripture that connects in some way with the deceased person, interpreting major themes in his/her life. That way the burden of what I say is carried by and "argued" by the Scripture, and I can refer to good things, not such good things, funny occasions, mistakes, comments, and on and on, taken from the life of the deceased, but always illustrating deeper spiritual truths. And of course the message will always have a resurrection-hope component, usually as the peroration. Occasionally during my ministry I was asked to do a funeral for someone I did not know -- for example, for a relative of a church member. In those instances it was important to me to talk with the survivors long enough to get a sense of what this person stood for, so that I could let the intuition/Spirit lead me to something appropriate. On more than one occasion, even when I was doing a funeral for a relatively unknown person, afterwards people would say to me, "You really got it. You "nailed" him!". Fascinating. I have never felt it appropriate to issue a traditional walk-the-aisle invitation at a funeral, but I do try to invite people who feel they need to explore the Christian faith to talk with me. Occasionally they do. So ... anything unique or special in your approach to the funeral service?