One might think the practical aspects of preaching would include speaking to the problems of people’s lives or some other “practical aspect” of the preacher’s job. In truth, many seminaries teach that there are two real areas of practical importantce: weddings and funerals. Apparently, there is an art and a science for preaching funerals!
And it seems that the importance of preaching funerals has been around for a long, long time. The Old Testament includes several funeral dirges. Similar to funeral services today, these compositions were written to express grief with an eye toward some measure of resolution and healing. Mark Lanier explores the book of Lamentations and explains the five funeral dirges found there.