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Poems for the Funeral Celebrant: Turning Tears of Grief Into Tears of Joy

Poems for the Funeral Celebrant: Turning Tears of Grief Into Tears of Joy

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Poems for the Funeral Celebrant: Turning Tears of Grief Into Tears of Joy

110 pages
27 minutes
Apr 26, 2018


A funeral is naturally associated with grief, totally focused on the finality of the loss of a loved one or friend. This overwhelming emotion often has a tendency to overshadow who the decedent actually was and the positive impact that individual made on the lives of those attending the ceremony, a community, a work place, a church, or even the world as a whole! The role of the Celebrant is designed to change all that! A Celebrant's goal is to creatively highlight those life impacts through loving, meaningful words, songs, and even dynamic visual displays--to turn tears of grief into tears of joy! Nothing can set the stage for such a celebrative atmosphere more than a poem applicable to or personally descriptive of the one we have lost. Reverend Phipps wrote Poems for the Funeral Celebrant to give you, the Celebrant, or any who may face the challenge of leading a funeral/memorial service, a guide and resource from which to help families through this difficult time in their lives.
Apr 26, 2018

À propos de l'auteur

Pastor Richard A. Phipps has served as Senior Pastor in Jacksonville, Florida; Severna Park, Maryland; and his current home of Knoxville, Tennessee. He holds a bachelor of science degree in business management and the Arabic language from the University of the State of New York and a master of arts degree in church ministry from Luther Rice Seminary. Prior to going into the full-time ministry, Pastor Phipps proudly served in the United States Navy as an Arabic linguist and retired in 1998 as a Master Chief Petty Officer. During those twenty-eight years of service to his country, he also served bi-vocationally at every duty station in music, administration, evangelism, and education ministry. He has had opportunities to help build the Kingdom in numerous states within our great country, as well as throughout the world in Greece, Spain, and Cyprus. He has three grown and wonderful children; however, his loving wife and ministry partner for nearly thirty-five years, Diane, lost her long battle with breast cancer and went home to be with the Lord on September 16, 2007.

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Poems for the Funeral Celebrant - Richard A. Phipps

Poems for the Funeral Celebrant

Turning Tears of Grief Into Tears of Joy

Richard a. Phipps

Foreword by Fred O. Berry, III

Poems for the Funeral Celebrant

Turning Tears of Grief Into Tears of Joy

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paperback isbn: 978-1-5326-4766-6

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Table of Contents

Title Page


Letter to the Funeral Celebrant

Meeting with the Family

Poems for the Funeral Celebrant

A Portrait of Mel

With All Her Heart

A Road Trip of Life

Her Hands

Sitting Along the Coast in Yachats, Oregon

I Wish I Could Dance


Let Me Talk about a Fella

His Garden, His Passion

His Garden, His Passion

With Her Eyes

I Tried My Best

They Call Me the Mule

A Man of Generosity

Tenderly, Lovingly

I Am Switzerland

A Recipe of Grace

Doors of Honor

Could It Possibly Be?

A Casablanca Romance

The Loves of My Life

A Recipe from Above

A Man of Honor

Our Promise

Through Eyes That Loved the Color Blue

I Was Only Twenty Nine!

My Spirit Needed to Fly

The Ultimate Fixer Upper

The Star Witness

Nana’s Cookies

The Most Important

A Good Ol’ Country Boy

The Life of a Cowgirl

My Blood

Stand Up Straight!

A Tribute to Shorty

It Was Always . . . Always About You

God Loves You, and So Do I

Brother, Where Art Thou

Now Fly Away!

Beyond the Ultimate Zenith

I Only Dreamed of You

The Navy Cook

While On Deck at Sea

Thy People Are My People

This Maiden

End It with At Night

New York Grace

Dedicated to my wife, Kay, who is

always available for advice, encouragement

and participation in the preparations

of all my celebrant services.

It is a ministry we share!


As a young teenager, it was no surprise that I began working in the family business. Following the footsteps of my great grandfather, my grandfather and my father, funeral service was a calling and the deep desire to help people was in my DNA. Now in my 36th year, I am humbled by the fact that thousands of Knoxville families have entrusted us to help them celebrate the life of their loved ones and bring comfort to them during some of the most difficult days of their lives. I have seen significant changes in our industry through the years, but the one constant is the significance of the grief process and how taking time to celebrate one’s life with family and friends is a critical and meaningful part of that process.

In all my years in this profession, I have met few individuals that have as much love and passion to help families celebrate the life of their loved one as Richard Phipps. Rick is my brother in Christ and I consider it an honor and privilege to have Rick on our staff, and to support his ministry to families as a Celebrant.

Supporting Rick on a countless number of Celebrant Services as the Funeral Director, I am always amazed by his ability to bring a special kind of comfort to our families and, through thought provoking questions, allow family members the opportunity to reminisce and share memories about their loved one. With these memories he then crafts a unique and meaningful service that always brings laughter, thought, and tears. Rick’s ability to write poems that bring out the special qualities of the loved one being celebrated

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