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Funeral Program Sample — Single Fold with Clipart

funeral program sampleThis funeral program sample is a single fold beautiful butterfly design.  This program was made from a bifold (single fold) funeral program template.  The single fold funeral program template is one of the quickest templates you can use to make a program.  This design features a beautiful pastel blue and green bokeh background, with orange zenias with butterflies perched on them.  It also has two small butterflies in the top left hand corner.

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Funeral Program Sample Outer Page

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The outer page of this funeral program sample has a light blue and green background with flowers and butterfly.  This background is perfect for a non-religious funeral or memorial ceremony.  The cover has a title written in a elegant script and also has a gold funeral program clipart frame to showcase the cover photo.  This program uses Microsoft Word WordART to give the name more of a design element.  The cover also has a birth and death date.  The left side, or back panel when folded has a poem on the back as well as an acknowledgement statement.

Funeral Program Sample Inner Page

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The inner page has an informal funeral order of service, centered down the middle of the page.  It also has interment or burial information. The right side has a photo formatted with a thick white border and shadow to give a “polaroid” effect.  A brief obituary is included underneath the photo.

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Funeral Program Example — Trifold Celestial Dove

 

 

 

Funeral Program Template Trifold

Funeral Program Template Trifold

 

 

 

This program was created using the trifold  Celestial Dove Funeral Program Template.  This beautiful deep blue sky with flying dove design is perfect for a religious or memorial service.  This program features an order of service, obituary, funeral poem, acknowledgment, pall bearer and flower bearer information .  Personal notes about the deceased add a special touch.  There is also collage to showcase your loved one’s family photos. There is an additional dove clipart added to this program.  The title on the cover features a large capital letter at the beginning of each word to give a more elegant look.  View the entire funeral program sample and check out our other templates at Elegant Memorials website.
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4 Page Graduated Fold Funeral Program Templates

4 page graduated funeral program template

4 page graduated funeral program template

Elegant Memorials announces 4 page graduated fold funeral program templates. This layout consists of 2 sheets which fold to give 4 booklet pages of information, and folds to reveal 3 elegant colored panels. This layout is similar to the 2 page graduated fold program, except there are 4 folded pages available to insert information. The elegant fold design gives a contemporary and polished look to your funeral programs.

Just like our other funeral program template layouts, the 4 page graduated fold funeral program template can contain a cover photo, the funeral order of service, scriptures, funeral and memorial poems, funeral quotes and much more. Since this is a 4 page template, you there is plenty of room for a variety of photos and information, allowing you to be as creative as you. 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 Announcements

Funeral announcements informs the public of a person’s death.  It also give details about the funeral or memorial arrangements.  Announcements can be done tastefully when given a little thought. By sharing the news of your loved one’s death, you allow others to share in your grief and make their own arrangements to attend any services. Here are some guidelines to assist you in writing  funeral announcements:

1.  Publish your announcement in the local newspaper.  (See Newspaper Obituaries)

2.  Keep Funeral announcements brief (unlike an obituary).  It should contains basic information such as name, death date and funeral and memorial details.

3.  Include brief and specific information about the service, such as if the service is private or where to send donations.

4.  Funeral announcements can be sent even if there is no service planned.

For more detailed information, see articles on funeral announcements, how to write an obituary and funeral order of service.

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Funeral Program Titles

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funeral program templates

The funeral program title is usually on the cover of the funeral program, and describes how you choose to honor your loved one.   The title also reflects the tone or style of the funeral service. Funeral programs are documents that are given out at a funeral or memorial service that can contain the order of service or list of events, an obituary, funeral poems, funeral songs, photos and other personalized information.  Funeral programs are often kept as keepsakes.   There are many different titles that can be used for funeral programs.  If using a funeral program template to create your funeral program, make sure you can customize your title to fit you needs.  Listed below are some common funeral program titles that are appropriate for funeral, memorial or cremation services that are religious, secular or contemporary.

Life Celebration
In Loving Memory
In Remembrance
Honoring the Life
Remembering the Life
Celebrating the Life
Homegoing Service
Celebrating Her/His Spirit

These titles or captions can also be used in other places throughout your funeral or memorial booklet.  You can use them as captions on funeral program collages or scrapbook pages, as well as memorial slideshows.  Click here to see more titles and captions.

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Obituary Template

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If you have just lost a friend or loved one and are faced with the task of writing an obituary, you may not know where to start. Writing an obituary can be an overwhelming process, and it often helps to have a sample, template or guide to help you get started.  The internet is the perfect place to find sample obituaries, an obituary template or other useful guidance to help you get through this process.

Obituary templates are are guides for helping you to create your obituary.  Obituary templates can be checklist to help you gather and organize all of the information that you will need in order to begin writing.  These templates can also be in paragraph format with placeholder information to assist you with wording your obituary.  Templates also come in a short and long version.  The short obituary template is often used as an funeral or death announcement.  The longer obituary templates can be used to create obituaries that can be published in funeral or obituary programs or read aloud at funeral and memorial services.

Sample obituaries are also very helpful.  Reading sample obituaries can help you find the right “tone” or “voice” for your obituary.  There are many sample obituaries available on the Internet.  You can read obituaries from your local newspaper to get a feel for how you will write your obituary.  Once written, don’t forget to include your obituary in printed memorials such as funeral programs and memorial folders.

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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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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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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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