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How to Design a Funeral Booklet

Updated on March 27, 2012

One of the more common keepsakes distributed at funerals today are booklets or programs that not only outline the service, but also give a brief tribute to the person who died. Commonly called funeral booklets, these pamphlets come in a wide array of designs, sizes and styles that guests take home as a remembrance of their loved one.

What to Include

Funeral programs include a variety of information about the deceased person such as biographical data, details about the funeral and burial and commemorative poems and photographs. Depending on the size of the program (single- or multi-paged) some of the items you may want to include are:

  • Appropriate Cover: Typically, you will want to put a flattering photo of the deceased person on the cover, along with their name, dates of birth and death, time and place of service, and a title, such as "Honoring Tribute" or "In Loving Memory."
  • Funeral Order of Service: This is an outline of the funeral service itself including readings, songs, eulogy, etc. It is religious or secular, depending the faith of the person who died.
  • Funeral Tribute: A copy of the obituary or an originally written tribute are both acceptable. They contain biographical highlights of your loved one's life as well as residences (hometown and current) and details about family members. This section can also include personal stories, anecdotes, original artwork and interests/hobbies.

  • Photographs: You can incorporate a single photo or a collage of images in the funeral program, depending on how much room is available. Select tasteful images from throughout the deceased person's life to use in the program.
  • Readings, Poems and Songs: There are a variety of memorial poems and songs available online that you can include, or if possible, an original one written by the person who died or by someone close to him or her. As for readings, a proper Bible verse is good to add if your loved one was religious.
  • Acknowledgements: Besides recognizing and thanking guests for their support and attendance, also include the names of those who participated in the funeral, such as the pallbearers, readers, etc.

Creating a Funeral Program

From the comfort of your own home, you can create beautifully looking funeral programs for your loved one's burial service. It's as simple as downloading a template, editing the text to fit your needs and printing. Just remember to proofread your work or have someone else do that for you. You can also take your finished copy to a print shop or office store and have them make professional-looking booklets.

Creating your own funeral program will save you time and money instead of having a professional, such as the funeral director or a graphic designer, make one up for you. This way you know precisely what you are getting and you can incorporate the exact information you want. Be original and make this a program that others will want to keep and talk about for years to come.


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