Don't Cry At My Funeral

Funerals. We’ve all been to at least one. Some readers have experienced too many to count. Whatever the case may be, funerals all have one thing in common. People cry at funerals. It’s understandable. Someone lost a family member, friend, co-worker, etc., and while the Bible does tell us to mourn with those who mourn, that same verse tells believers to rejoice with those who rejoice (Romans 12:5). That is why I do not want people to cry at my funeral.

When I leave this world for the next, I will be with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that all men are sinners, and even though the wages of sin is death, Christ took on the sins of man when He died on the cross (Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8). We also know from scripture that if we acknowledge our sins, believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead and ask Jesus to be our Lord and Savior, we shall be saved (Romans 10:9, 13). I took that step of faith on a Tuesday morning in the spring of 2010 at my home in Calera, Alabama. 

When I die, don’t cry at my funeral. Play and sing uplifting songs including Victory in Jesus and When the Roll Is Called up Yonder I’ll Be There. Ring a cowbell in my honor. No, I may not be there, but to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8 KJV).

If you died today, do you know for sure that you would go to Heaven? If you do not know for sure that you are saved, I can help answer any questions you may have at this time. Contact me at and include "salvation" in the subject line. Please allow for time to respond. This is not my job, but it is my commission to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20).

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek (Romans 1:16 KJV).


Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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