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Preparing a Funeral Program

Published: March 19, 2014

Once a loved one has passed on, there are many necessary details and tasks that should be completed to ensure the funeral service runs smoothly and is a memorable experience.  One important detail is preparing a funeral program to be handed out at the time of the service.  A well-thought out and nicely composed funeral program not only helps the service stay on track, but can also serve as a nice keepsake for those who attend the funeral.

A good funeral program doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive to do its job.  You can put as much thought into it as you want, but it shouldn’t be a cause of stress or take too much time.  Check with your funeral home to see if they offer program-designing services.  If you decide to do the program yourself, there are a few basics that you’ll want to remember to include:

  • The full name of the person who died (including maiden name)
  • Birth and death dates
  • Time and date of funeral services
  • Outline of speakers and musical numbers

Other programs include some of the following:

  • Names of surviving family members
  • List of pallbearers
  • Poems, scriptures or quotes
  • Photographs of the person who has passed away from different times of their life
  • A short biography
  • Favorite songs or hobbies
  • Dates of other special events such as marriages, births of children
  • Sentiments of gratitude from the family

The first step would be to gather as much of this information as possible.  It might be a good idea to assign this task to an extended family member who is willing to help.  Once the information is together, including photographs, you can then start to design your program.  You don’t have to be a professional graphic designer to put together a nice program.  Even the most basic computer programs will work.

Consider important parts of the program, such as the front and back covers as you design the program.  The front cover is a great place to put a photograph of the person who has died.  Keep in mind that many of the people who attend may take this program home with them to keep in a book of remembrance or diary.

Once you have the program designed and ready to print, you can either print them yourself at home, or you might consider professional printing options.  For an extra cost, you could have a local professional printer print the program on a nicer stock of paper.  Be sure to discuss program-printing options with your SereniCare case manager.  Our goal is to help you as much as possible, knowing that this is an extremely emotional time.

Funerals are not only a time to grieve for the one who has passed away; they are also a wonderful opportunity to celebrate their life.  A nice funeral program can make help make the occasion special and memorable.

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