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How to Create a Funeral Program

Funeral programs are an important part of any funeral or memorial service as they let people know critical information surrounding the event and help the organizer anticipate the amount of those attending. If you’re organizing a funeral, creating a funeral program can be useful to give those attending more information and an overview of what to expect.

What is a funeral program?

A funeral program is brochure or itinerary that’s given to funeral attendees, detailing the order of service and other important information. Funeral programs are traditionally handed out in person at funerals to attendees so that they understand what takes place and when.

Why are they important?

Funeral programs can be helpful if you are holding services with multiple parts and sections, as it’ll give all of those attending a way to navigate the services. This can be useful if you’re holding a religious service that has specific requirements and rituals associated with it that all attendees might not be aware of or understand.

What kind of information is on a funeral program?

Funeral programs generally contain important pieces of information related to the service and the deceased, but have lots of room for customization. Here’s what you’d commonly see included on a funeral program:

  • A photo of the deceased
  • Their full name
  • Date of birth and date of death
  • Information about the service (dates & times, location, name of the officiant)
  • Order of service: an outline of the events that will occur during the service
  • Notable members who are participating in the services: (Name of the officiant, anyone reading the eulogy, those performing readings, any - musicians)
  • Music selections or hymns with lyrics included, if necessary
  • Favorite poems, passages, or scriptures
  • An obituary or short biography of the deceased
  • Any internment details
  • Reception information (time and location)

Keep in mind that this isn’t an exhaustive list and that many programs will not include all of this while others will include more than this. Depending on the length and complexity of the services, you might not even need to create a funeral program, sometimes a funeral announcement is enough to cover all relevant info.

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What’s the difference between funeral programs, funeral pamphlets, and memorial cards?

There’s no difference between funeral programs, funeral pamphlets, and memorial cards other than length. Generally, memorial cards might be a bit shorter than a funeral program since they’re usually double sided and funeral programs are multiple pages. They should contain generally the same information.

Creating an online funeral program

Creating a funeral program online is a great way to save money and to share important information, quickly, without the hassle of designing a physical pamphlet. Ever Loved memorial websites are free and provide you with a space to add in multiple events; the locations, times, and types of services; and any additional information you’d like people to be aware of. Alongside that, you can collect RSVPs and message all of those attending with any important updates or announcements. If there are any changes to your service, you can edit that at any time and update all those subscribed to your website immediately.

Having a funeral program in the form of a memorial website gives you greater flexibility when planning out memorial services, in case you want to make any changes down the line. It also helps you stay in touch with and connected to those who are attending the events. This is especially important during COVID-19 and the restrictions many funeral homes have in place regarding memorial services.

Additionally, having the funeral program online gives folks instant accessibility and the ability to receive any updates or announcements you make regarding the funeral. This can be helpful, especially during COVID-19 times due to the ever-shifting nature of the pandemic and the restrictions being placed on gatherings and businesses.

Creating a physical funeral program

If you’re interested in having physical funeral programs or funeral brochures at the services, you first need to choose a reliable printing company to produce your programs. You should plan for funeral programs in your budget, as they can be pricey depending on the type and quality of program you’re going with. Many online funeral program websites will let you upload information and photos to help you design a funeral program that works for you. After you’ve filled in the templates available on the websites, you can order a specific number to be printed and shipped to your house.

Make sure that all of the necessary information is included in your funeral program before submitting an order, because editing the information or updating the funeral program is not free after it’s shipped. Keep in mind that some people may not want to handle funeral programs during COVID-19 and may feel uncomfortable accepting physical programs, so it’s not a bad idea to have an online version, as well.

Creating a funeral program doesn’t have to be stressful and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Whether you plan on having physical funeral programs or not, it’s a good idea to create a memorial website to share important information about any upcoming services related to the funeral. Memorial websites are easy to use, easy to make, and a useful way to keep everyone in touch and in the know after a loved one has passed away.

Start a memorial website

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Last updated June 23, 2022
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