Funeral Programs are the most saved item taken away from memorial services. These lasting keepsakes help us remember our loved ones long after they have passed. They contain pictures and memories from our loved ones lives as well as poems and bible verses to help in our times of bereavement.
Because the funeral program is the one item that everyone receives at the service, and they are tiny memorials in and of themselves, it is important that they are of a quality that will properly honor our loved ones. Creating a funeral program to honor the life of the deceased is a rewarding but difficult process. However, I will be happy to offer you tips to make it as smooth as possible.
The first thing we do when we want to create the program is to brainstorm. Remembering our loved ones with friends and family can be therapeutic in the grieving process. Think about all of the deceased’s favorite things; songs, books, and hobbies are all good starting points. Also find some pictures to put in the funeral program. One nice portrait is sufficient, but it is really great if you can create a collage. Don’t forget that you can also use some sort of background image for the program that reflects a location or interest of your loved one.
After you have all of this information together, it is time to compile it into one funeral program. There are several types of free funeral program templates out there that are printed on the front and back in a bi-fold, or book fold, format, or a tri-fold brochure style format. This can be done with as many pages as it takes to fit all that you would like to remember about your loved one. One of the easiest programs to create funeral programs in is Microsoft Word.
Printing these programs is may be difficult if you do it on your own. It may be a good idea to save your Word document as an Adobe file and have a local printing service take care of the hard stuff. However, if you want to do this yourself, please make sure that you have enough ink, and that you print on color printer quality paper. It is also a good idea to make sure that one side is completely dry before you put it in the printer upside-down to print the back side.
With your effort and care this funeral program will be a lasting keepsake that the friends and family of the deceased can keep forever. Many choose to have these laminated or framed to better preserve and cherish them over time.
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