How to Write a Funeral Program: What You Should Include and Why

Not sure how to write a funeral program? We’ve put together a guide to help you create a memorial program that will honor your loved one.

Many people like to think of a funeral as the celebration of a life. Nonetheless, it’s an emotional time and trying to concentrate on all the preparations can be difficult.

Creating a funeral program that’s appropriate to the deceased can feel daunting. We’re here to guide you step by step so that you’ll be confident in how to write a funeral program.

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The first thing to remember is that there are no hard and fast rules about what’s included in your handout. The circumstances and age of the deceased may have an impact on how and what to incorporate.

This can particularly true if the death was very tragic, such as a child drowning for example. However, most programs often contain the following.

  • A heading eg: ‘In loving memory of the person’
  • At least one photo of the person
  • Their date and place of Birth
  • The date and place of their death
  • The date and time of the funeral
  • The name of the person who will be officiating
  • The order of service

Will There Be Any Religious Elements?

What you know about the deceased is going to help you to decide if the ceremony is religious. If it is, then you can be guided by the person who will be conducting the funeral.

Depending on the religion, you may want to consider some organ music and a bible reading. You could also select some favorite hymns. The eulogy could be given by a close friend or relative. Finally, there will be a blessing before the coffin is removed.

Regardless of the type of funeral, it’s always best to keep the written handout simple and clear.

Non-Religious Funerals

In these cases, you will have the freedom to make decisions that are very personal to the person involved. Again, a lot may depend on the circumstances of death, particularly if it was a suicide, for example.

You can perhaps include a poem or a favorite reading. You might also want to write a short biography of the deceased, along with the names of close family members who have been left.

You should seek advice about the musical selections from those who knew the deceased best. Include the name of the person or people who’ll be giving the eulogy.

Learning How to Write a Funeral Program

It’s always wise to consult broadly if at all possible beforehand. You may just pick up a little touching extra to include in the program. This could be anything from the mention of a favorite pet to any special achievements.

You can use one of the many free templates designed specifically for funeral programs. The fonts you use on the program are also important. Don’t throw in too many different styles, two will be enough.

You can print at home or have the programs printed professionally. Black type on white or cream paper would be a good choice.

A Time to Say a Final Farewell

Sometimes the preparation of the funeral can be therapeutic. Understanding how to write a funeral program will help you at a difficult time.

Life can be full of ups and downs. Check here for more help in dealing with the difficult situations which can come our way.

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