A funeral program (sometime referred to as a memorial service program or memorial program) is a printed funeral booklet that can contain a photo, photo collages, memorial service information, obituary, funeral poems and acknowledgments. Funeral Programs focus on the person’s life and personalize the funeral programs to reflect the individuality of your loved one. All text is customized, and any information can be included in accordance with the wishes of the family.
Parts of Funeral Program…
Order of Service
The Order of Service serves as a guide to the funeral service. Below is an example of a “traditional” funeral Order of Service. Funerals or Memorials can follow any format, and can be tailored to fit your loved ones wishes, however, if you are planning a traditional service, particularly if the service is in a church, you should get guidance about the service from the pastor of other church officials.
An obituary is a notice or announcement, of a person’s death, to include an account of their life. Obituaries are an important part of the funeral program and are the last words written about the deceased’s life. For details about writing an obituary and to view sample obituaries, reference the article on “How to Write an Obituary”.
Poems are used in funeral programs to bring comfort to the grieving, or to help celebrate the life of the deceased. Eulogies, tributes and funeral poems can be included to help personalize the program. Review our funeral poems and songs in our Memorial Resources section of our website.
Additional Photos and Clipart
Poems are used in funeral programs to bring comfort to the grieving, or to help celebrate the life of the deceased. Eulogies, tributes and funeral poems can be included to help personalize the program.
Special Acknowledgments /Thank You Notes
This section of the funeral program expresses gratitude to friends, family and organizations that have shown special support in your loved one’s life.
Selecting A Funeral Program Design
These few questions will help you to select a memorial or funeral program template that best represents your loved one.
1. What funeral program template design best matches your loved one’s personality? Simple, conservative (softer colors, such as pink and lavender) or wild and adventurous (splashes of red, purple, and orange).
2. Is there a particular funeral poem, funeral reading, or scripture verse that offers consolation to you or meant a great deal to your loved one? Often, personalized letters and notes can be included in the funeral program.
3. If you wish to include a picture, do you want a recent photo of your loved one, or perhaps an older photograph such as a photo from a wedding, from high school, or the military? Would you like to include family photo collages in the funeral program?
4. Do you wish to have a listing of special life events (e.g. graduations, marriages, military service/awards, jobs, volunteer service, and retirement) included in the funeral program?
5. Do you wish to have a listing of family members, both living and pre-deceased, included in the funeral program?
Answering these questions will give you a good start to capturing your loved one's memory in your funeral program.
Different Funeral Program Template Layouts
Funeral program templates can have a variety of layouts:
Bifold /Single Fold -- This is the standard layout which is 8 1/2" x 11" that folds down the middle.
Trifold - Funeral Bulletin that folds twice, giving 6 panels of information
Graduated Fold -- This template has an offset fold that exposes a vertical panel that has information in it.
Writing an obituary can sometimes be a difficult task. It helps to have a good starting point. You should begin by finding a good obituary template. There are many obituary templates on the internet. Elegant Memorials publishes two great obituary templates. One is a very short template which can serve as a death announcement. The other templates is longer, and give more details about the deceased's life, and can be incorporated into funeral programs.
Here is an obituary template.
"NAME", "AGE", of "PLACE OF RESIDENCE", died (can also say "passed away", went to heaven, etc.), "DATE" (can include optional cause of death).
"HE/SHE" was born ("PLACE", "DATE OF BIRTH". "NAME" graduated from "SCHOOL" and received "DEGREE" from "SCHOOL". "HE/SHE" was married to "SPOUSE'S NAME" ( wedding date is optional).
INCLUDE OPTIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION HERE: Employment history, accomplishments, organizations, activities, etc.
"HE/SHE" was survived by "CHILDREN", "GRANDCHILDREN", ETC. (Try to separate each name with a comma or semicolon)
Funeral arrangements will be held "TIME", "DATE" and "PLACE".
Also See:Death Announcements and Newspaper Obituaries