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How to Create a Funeral Invitation

Sending out funeral invitations is an important part of the funeral planning process, as it ensures that all those who may be interested are aware services are taking place. Funerals are a space for folks to share their condolences with the family, pay their final respects, and say their goodbyes, offering a sense of closure to many. There are a few ways to send out funeral invitations, so it’s good to know that you have options.

Do I have to send out funeral invitations?

Sending out funeral invitations or memorial service invitations is generally advisable, especially unless you’re holding a private ceremony. It’s important to alert your loved one’s community that he or she has passed and that there are services occurring so everyone has the chance to attend. After learning of a death, many folks will wonder if services are being held and if so, when and where such services are taking place.

Do I send out funeral invitations to a private ceremony?

Even if you’re holding a private ceremony, it’s still a good idea to alert inquiring minds to the fact that services are indeed being held, but they’re being held privately. This alert can be a little awkward if you’re sending out cards (you wouldn’t send a party invitation only to let them know the party is private and they’re not invited, for example), so it’s usually better for you to include this information on a memorial website. Including the information that services are private on a memorial website allows anyone who is visiting the website to find out about this information while still being able to interact with their community and express their condolences in some form.

How do I send out funeral invitations?

In the past, funeral invitations were usually sent by mail in the form of a card. Now, many families have started sending out funeral invitations online through the use of memorial websites. Memorial websites are an excellent choice for sending out a funeral invitation since they let you update the site in realtime, give folks a map to where the services are being held, allow you to include streaming information, and easily let you collect RSVPs and connect with those who are (and aren’t) attending the services. You can, of course, send out mailed invitations to those you’d like to invite, but it’s a good idea to also have a memorial website up for anyone you could have forgotten to invite, who you don’t have the address to, or who is searching for service information about the deceased. You can easily share your memorial website by sending out an email invitation on your memorial website, by copying the link and sharing it with friends and family, or by posting it directly to your Facebook.

Funeral invitation template

Here’s what you’d normally see included on a funeral invitation card. These funeral invitation samples can be easily customized to fit your needs or order of services. You can use these free funeral invitation templates as a template for the way you’d like to list out event information on your Ever Loved memorial website or as a template for your mailed funeral invitation cards -- or both!

Funeral invitation example #1

In Loving Memory
[Deceased’s full name]
[Date of birth] - [Date of death]

Funeral Service [Date]
[Time]
[Address]

Funeral invitation example #2

Honoring the life of
[Deceased’s full name]
[Date of birth] - [Date of death]

Loving [mother/father], [husband/wife/partner], and [friend/colleague]

Funeral Service
[Date] at [Time] in the [morning/afternoon/evening]
[Address]

Funeral invitation example #3

Remembering the life of
[Deceased’s full name]
[Date of birth] - [Date of death]

We invite you to join us in remembering the life of [Full name].

[Song lyric or quote]

[Date]
[Time]
[Location]

Please RSVP with [Name] by phone at [phone number], by email at [email address], or on our memorial website: [link to memorial website]

Memorial service invitation

Memorial service invitation letters or cards are similar to funeral service invitations in that they’re sent out to alert folks that memorial services are taking place. Much of the difference comes down to the difference in services that are included in the invitation, if you decide to include that much information.

Memorial invitation example #1

In Loving Memory
[Deceased’s full name]
[Date of birth] - [Date of death]

Funeral Service
[Date]
[Time]
[Address]

Memorial invitation example #2

Honoring the life of
[Deceased’s full name]
[Date of birth] - [Date of death]

Loving [mother/father], [husband/wife/partner], and [friend/colleague]

Funeral Service
[Date] at [Time] in the [morning/afternoon/evening]
[Address]

Memorial invitation example #3

Remembering the life of
[Deceased’s full name]
[Date of birth] - [Date of death]

We invite you to join us in remembering the life of [Full name].

[Song lyric or quote]

[Date]
[Time]
[Location]

Please RSVP with [Name] by phone at [phone number], by email at [email address], or on our memorial website: [link to memorial website]

Remember, you can use these templates as a base for both memorial services and celebrations of life. For more celebration of life templates, be sure to read this article.

Ready to send out online invitations? Get started with a memorial website. Memorial websites are easy to use, free, and easily let you send out and collect RSVPs for upcoming events -- and much more!

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Last updated August 26, 2021
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