What to Include in the Funeral Program
The content of your funeral program will depend on your personal preference and the type of service you are having. It can be as simple or as complex as you like. Think of the program as two separate parts: the cover and the contents. The cover usually includes:
- A photo of the deceased
- The name of the deceased
- The deceased’s date of birth and death
- A quotation or inspirational saying (A favorite of the deceased or one that you think captures the essence of the person being remembered.)
- A funeral program title (A short phrase or caption that sets the tone for the service. Examples are “A Homecoming Celebration,” “A Celebration of Life,” “A Loving Farewell.”
If you are having a religious service, you may want to include a relevant scripture passage. For a secular service, a poem or favorite reading may be appropriate. You may also want to include a quote that the deceased found meaningful. Instead of inside the program, some designers will place the quotation on the cover. You have a great deal of flexibility in how you place your information since there are no hard and fast rules.
Among the items that are commonly included in the inside of the in the funeral program are:
Service Information (Date, Time, Location, Person Officiating)
Funeral Outline (Order of Service): The events that will take place during the service.
People participating in the service: (Officiant, Persons giving Eulogy and readings, soloists, musicians, Others)
Music Selections (Lyrics if appropriate)
Poems, Readings, or Scriptures
Obituary or Biography of the Deceased
Funeral Reception Information;Time and Place
Choose a template design and paper size, or create your own design.
You may decide to pick a funeral program designs that reflects your loved one’s style, such as a favorite color, flower or hobby. It is also very common to use religious images on the funeral program cover. The layout of the template is the paper size and the fold of the template. You can use a simple layout such as a bifold (single fold) layout that prints on standard letter sized paper, or you can use a trifold, graduated or step fold or large style layout. Choosing a professionally designed template will cut down on design time because it will already be laid out correctly and will print properly. Templates will help you make a beautiful custom funeral program in a fraction of the time and cost.