Funeral Order of Service

A Sample of a funeral program template from The Funeral Program Site's faith based theme collection.
A Sample of a funeral program template from The Funeral Program Site's faith based theme collection.

A Funeral's Order of Service

The funeral program order of service layout will differ for every type of funeral service theme you have chosen for a dearly departed. If it is a religious ceremony, there are traditional items that are included within the order of service.

To determine the specific order of service for the funeral religious ceremony, its best to discuss the order of events with the Pastor or clergy of the church.The Catholic Church is a good example in that it follows a specific order of the service mass which includes a viewing, communion and gravesite service.

The parishioners within the Catholic church are encouraged to have a strong participation in the funeral service by song and readings. Its essential that the funeral order of service program contain any lyrics of hymns during the funeral service to assist those who may not be familiar with the words.

Generally, the funeral order of service opens and begins with a special prelude music or hymn.

The opening message to all attendees is generally a reading or encouraging message of hope given by the officiant or designated family member. A eulogy can be read in place of an opening message for an opening reading.For a secular service, the funeral program order of service can include songs and poetry readings.A close friend may present the opening reading or you may elect to have the officiant do so.

A time of sharing may be given for anyone wishing to express and share a memory of the deceased to all attendees. You can also choose to have a video slideshow presentation to share special memories of the deceased through photographs throughout his life. This includes photos throughout your loved one's life.

A video slideshow is not necessary but some opt to give this presentation because it is one way of sharing life events in chronological order. If you do not have the technological means or time to organize a slideshow, you could also set up a memorial table. A memorial table displays photos of your loved in as simple as a frame to more elaborate scrapbook type displays.

You can place photos within the funeral order of service program as well.

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