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Finding Funeral Poems

Funeral Programs Poem

Funeral or memorial services are always nicer when you take  time find perfect funeral poems.  If you are planning a service and need to select a funeral poem, don’t be discouraged.  There are many ways to select the perfect funeral poem for your service and for you funeral programs.

One way to choose a poem is to consider the deceased person’s favorite poems and authors.  Think about whether the person who has died had a special book of poetry, readings or quotes that he or she liked.  If so, choose a few poems from those works.  If you can’t locate a book, try and think of any poets or authors your loved one may have mentioned.

If you can’t think of poems that you loved ones may have liked, then check the Internet.  There are large libraries of poems available.  For example, if you are planning a funeral for your mother, you can search for “funeral poems for mother” to find the perfect poem.  Be sure, however, to give proper credit to the author, if necessary.

Another way to find an appropriate poem is to search the internet for poetry by keywords that reflect his or her life.  For instance, if the person who has died loved gardening, then search on the phrase “poems about gardening” or “poems for nature lovers”.  You can also search on personality traits such as “honor poems” and “kindness poems” to find that special written piece.

Once you have located your poems, incorporate it into printed funeral and memorial materials such as funeral programs, bookmarks or even thank you cards.  There are funeral program templates that make this an easy task.

Poetry can help uplift your spirits and ease grief.  Take the time to find the perfect poems to make your service special.

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Photos in Funeral Services

Photos can help make your funeral or memorial service special and unique.  Photos help focus the attention on the deceased, and help grieving family members and friends reflect on the fond memories of their loved one.  There are many ways that photos can be incorporated into your service.  Here are a few suggestions for using photos in funeral memorial services.

1.  Display a large photo in a prominent place during the ceremony.
2.  Display a photo collage.  Photos can be mounted on poster board and displayed on an easel.
3.  Video slide shows can be made from assembling electronic photos and using slide show software to compile a video collage.
4.  Set up a photo display table that has photo albums, and framed pictures from different times in his or her life.  Attendees can be encouraged to bring photos to display.
5.  Funeral programs or memorial folders which include special memorial poems, song lyrics, special notes and photo collages.
6.  Prayer Cards, bookmarks or customized plantable cards to give as keepsakes.

Using  photos can make your service unique and special, and can help grieving friends and family members cherish memories for years to come.

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Selecting Paper for Funeral Programs

If you are creating  funeral programs at home, you may have questions about the what paper you should use.  Here are some quick tips for choosing funeral program paper.

1.  Choose a heavier paper —  Thicker paper will make your program more durable and professional looking.  Paper weight is measured in pounds.  Standard copy paper is 20 pounds.  Choose a 24 or 28 pound paper to increase durability and reduce “showthrough”.

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2.  If using card stock (paper with a weight of 40 – 100 pounds), check your printer specifications to make sure that your ink jet or laser printer can handle cardstock.  If so, allow more time for printing, to allow for slower printer times and possible jams.

3.  If using a colorful funeral program templates with graphics and photos, select a paper with a higher brightness.  Paper brightness ranges from 80 to 100.  Select the highest brightness available to make your graphics and images clear and sharp.

4.  If printing a colorful funeral program, avoid colored paper and paper with textures.  Colors and textures can distort the colors on the funeral program and photos, giving unexpected results.  If printing a program with minimal colors or in black and white, get a sample of the colored or textured paper and print a copy so that you can see how your program colors will print before you print them all.

5.  Check your local office supply or copy store for paper availability.  Funeral programs are usually needed quickly, and you may not have time for a special order or an order from the Internet.

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Funeral Songs

Funeral songs can be a very important part of a funeral or memorial service.  Selecting the rightfuneral songs can help comfort grieving family members and friends,  Music can help mourners express emotions during this difficult time. Funeral music can come from a wide variety of genres, including religious, classical, jazz, pop, soul, country and rock and roll.  You can choose songs from the deceased favorite artists, or you can choose songs based on their lyrics or the memories that they invoke about your loved one.

Music can be used beforehand while guests are finding their seats, throughout the service and at the end of the ceremony.  Song lyrics can be printed in funeral programs and memorial service bulletins, so guests can sing along.

The Internet has many websites and resources that list good songs for funerals, and well as sites that will allow you to listen to the songs, and purchase them.  Finding the perfect music for your funeral or memorials services can help you create a very personal and memorable funeral or memorial experience.

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Graduated Fold Funeral Programs

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Funeral Program Template – Graduated Fold

The graduated fold funeral program template (sometimes called offset or step) is a newer layout style that gives a new twist to the traditional funeral program layout.  It is very similar to the bifold (single fold)funeral program template, except there the fold is slightly offset, revealing a different colored tab, design or text to the left of the program.  Often the name or other information is typed in this tab.  This fold and exposed tab give a contemporary and polished look to your funeral programs.  Since this layout can be tricky, predesigned funeral program templates are the quickest and easiest way to obtain this style of program.

Similar the bifold (single) fold funeral program template, the graduated fold funeral program template can still contain the traditional elements of the funeral program such as the cover photo, the funeral order of service, scriptures, funeral and memorial poems, funeral song lyrics and much more. Consider using a graduated fold for your funeral program and create a special and lasting memory of your loved one.

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Funeral Programs — Save Your Work!

A very common problems when using funeral program templates to create funeral programs and memorial service bulletins are  lost changes.   Customers may be under a tremendous amount of stress when they order a funeral program template.  They are grieving, and there are lots of tasks to accomplish during this difficult time.  Many users will download the template, open it, and get started creating there  funeral program.  Then, of course, they get interupted.   A phone call,  an email or text, or they will step away from the computer to take care of something.  When they return to the computer, they can’t find their last batch of edits.

To help avoid losing your edits, after downloading your funeral program template, follow these tips to ensure you don’t lose your hard work:

1.  When downloading your template, pay attention to where you are downloading your files.  The location of downloaded files may vary on different computers.   If possible, change the download location to your desktop, or to location where most of your commonly used files reside.

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2.  Once you have saved your templates, open the file immediately.  Use the “Save As” function to make a copy of your template.  This will ensure that you have a clean copy of your template, if you need it.   Give your template a descriptive name.  This will make it easier to locate.

3.  Make a few changes to your template, save and close it.  Re-open the template to ensure that your changes are maintained.  This will also ensure that you have a fully functional software.

4.  When working on your program, save every few minutes, especially if you are making a lot of edits.  Don’t rely on autosave features.

Funeral program templates can save valuable time and help you create a memorable funeral program keepsake.  Following these tips can help you experience go smoothly.

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Obituary Template

Obituary Template

Obituary Template

Anobituary template can help you write an obituary for a recently deceased friend or loved one.  Obituary templates are often used to help create funeral or obituary programs that can be handed out during  funeral or memorial services.  Obituary programs can contain graphics, funeral poems, scriptures funeral songs and other elements are are often kept by friends and family members as keepsakes.

An important part of an obituary or funeral program is the actual obituary.  The obituary tells of the deceased person’s life.  It is used to remember and honor the deceased.  Obituaries that are published in funeral or obituary programs are usually several paragraphs and may contain the following information.

Date of birth, place of birth

Date of death, place of death

Circumstances of death

Plans for the viewing (if applicable) and the funeral and memorial service

Names of high schools or colleges attended or graduated

Military service and decorations

Religious affiliations, church membership

Jobs held – including retirement

Names and relations of family members

Organization memberships

There are many resources available in books and on the internet to help you write an obituary, as well as sample obituaries.  In addition to the obituary, you may want to consider including a photo, family photos, memorial poems, scriptures and other items that will help honor and remember your loved one.

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Funeral Program Examples

Funeral Program Example Outer Cover

Funeral Program Example Outer Cover

Here is an example of a funeral program.  This funeral program is a traditional funeral program based on a Christian Funeral Service.  This is a single fold funeral program and the design is lovely purple rose.  It features purple and yellow roses at the top and bottom of the program, with a light purple background.  This program is perfect for a funeral, memorial, homegoing or celebration of life service.The single fold funeral program template is the easiest and most common template layout.  It prints on letter sized paper, prints double-sided (duplex), and folds down the middle, making for quick and easy assembly.

 

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Funeral Program Example Outer Cover

This outer cover has a beautiful yellow and purple floral border, with a light purple background.  It has the funeral program title “Honoring Her Spirit”.  You could choose a different funeral program title, including “In Loving Memory” or “Celebrating her Life”.  The cover features a cover photo and has the full name and service information including the Date, Time and Location of the service.  The Birth and Death Date is also featured on the cover.

The left panel (which is the back of the program has pall bearer and flower bearer information.  It also has an acknowledgement or thank you note to friends, family and guests.  The back also features the funeral home information.

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Funeral Program Example Inner Page

The inner page of the funeral program example features a religious format order of service.  The funeral order of service tells the events that will happen in a funeral or memorial ceremony.  The order or service is formatted with leading dots and lists the individuals that will perform the activity.  This order of service includes:

  • Musical Prelude
  • Processional
  • Scripture
  • Prayer
  • Acknowledgement and Thanks Yous
  • Remarks
  • Obituary Reading
  • Musical Selection
  • Eulogy
  • Recessional

The right hand side of this program has a full obituary.  The obituary gives information and life accomplishments of the deceased.  it usually gives information on where the person was born, where they were raise, jobs help, favorite hobbies and personal traits.

 

 

 

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Use Funeral Program Templates to create Funeral Programs

Funeral Program Templates

Funeral Program Templates

Funeral program templates are a quick and inexpensive way to create a beautiful funeral program on your home computer and printer.  Funeral program templates are pre-formatted computer files that usually have graphics on the cover, and placeholder information for all of the elements of a funeral program.   These simple tips can help you choose a design and create your treasured keepsake.

1.  Decide on a design or theme.  You can search the internet for pre-designed templates with a variety of graphic designs.  Try to find a design that will reflect you loved one’s uniqueness.  Funeral program templates come in a variety of colors and themes, including floral, landscape, religious and more.

2.  Once you have selected a design, decide which layout you will need.  Funeral program templates can come in a variety of paper sizes and layouts including, bi-fold, tri-fold, graduated styles and can be sized at 8 1/2″ x 11″, 8 1/2 x 14″ and 11″ x 17″ and more.  The size and layout you choose will be determined by how much information you want to include in your program.  Funeral programs can contain the information such as the order of service, funeral poems, funeral scripture verses, obituaries and photo collages.  Decide which elements you will include and pick the layout that accommodate all of your information.

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3.  Purchase a program that you can use on your computer.  Funeral Program Templates can be purchased in a variety of software programs including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, InDesign, and Apple Word processing Software.

4.  Download your funeral program template and add your information.  Most templates are available for immediate download.  Once downloaded, you can begin adding photos and information

5.  Proofread your program, and print.  Most funeral program templates are in color.  Ensure that you have enough ink or toner on hand.  Allow sufficient time for you funeral programs to print out.  Most template are double-sided, and may take a while to print.  Also remember to allow sufficient time for folding.

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What is a Funeral Program?

Funeral Programs

Funeral Programs

A funeral program (sometime referred to as a memorial service bulletin or memorial program) is a printed booklet that can contain a photo, photo collages,  memorial service information, obituary, funeral poems and acknowledgments.  Elegant Memorials’  funeral programs focus on the person’s life and personalize the funeral programs to reflect the individuality of your loved one. All text is customized, and any information can be included in accordance with the wishes of the family.  Browse our Funeral Program Template Design Gallery to select a funeral program template that’s right for your loved one.

Parts of Funeral Program…

The Cover

  • Photos of Deceased
  • A descriptive title of the Funeral Program such as “In Remembrance” or “Celebrating Life” “Homegoing Celebration”
  • Location; Date; Time; Name of Service Leader
  • Birth Date and Death Date

Order of Service
The Order of Service serves as a guide to the funeral service.  Below is an example of a “traditional” funeral Order of Service.  Funerals or Memorials can follow any format, and can be tailored to fit your loved ones wishes, however, if you are planning a traditional service, particularly if the service is in a church, you should get guidance about the service from the pastor of other church officials.

  • Prelude – anything that serves as a preceding event or introduces the events that follow; Ex. Instrumental Song, Poem, Choir, Solo Singer
  • Procession – Group Entrance (usually family and immediate family) into a ceremony or service
  • Prayer Moment of Silence (Remembrance)
  • Reading (Scriptural, Poem, favorite excerpt)
  • Hymn /  Song of Comfort
  • Acknowledgments (family members, hospice, community members)
  • Obituary Reading (Sometimes the funeral program states that the audience should read silently in order to save time).
  • Eulogy/Tributes
  • Benediction/Closing -  Short invocation for divine help, blessing and guidance, usually at the end of a service
  • Recessional (Song/ Procession or “exiting” of the service)

Obituary
An obituary is a notice or announcement, of a person’s death, to include an account of their life.  Obituaries are an important part of the funeral program and are the last words written about the deceased’s  life.  For details about writing an obituary and to view sample obituaries,  reference Elegant Memorial’s article on “How to Write an Obituary” and our free obituary templates under Memorial Resources.

Funeral Poems/Eulogies/Tributes
Poems are used in funeral programs to bring comfort to the grieving, or to help celebrate the life of the deceased.  Eulogies, tributes and funeral poems can be included to help personalize the program.   Review our funeral poems and songs in our Memorial Resources section of our website.

Special Acknowledgments /Thank You Notes
This section of the funeral program  expresses gratitude to  friends, family and organizations that have shown special support  in your loved one’s life.

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