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.


Funeral Poems in Funeral Programs

Funeral poems are a very important part of funeral or memorial services and funeral programs.  Poems help comfort family and friends, and help family and friends express  feelings about their deceased loved one.  Funeral poems can be used during the funeral or memorial service, committal ceremony, or ashes scattering ceremony. They are also used in funeral printed materials, such as funeral programs, funeral program templates,  prayer cards and bookmarks.

Funeral Program Poems

Poems in Funeral Programs

There are several sources for finding the right funeral poem for your funeral service or funeral program, or printed materials.  The internet is a great resource for finding the right poem to remember your loved one.  There are many sites that list poems for free.  These poems are  categorized according to relationships, including poems for mothers, fathers, children, grandmothers, grandfathers.  They also categorize funeral poems for specific illnesses and circumstances of death.  Most websites will list the authors of the poems, if  known.  You should always list the author’s name when using poems in printed materials, ensure that proper credit is given to the author.  There are also several e-books that have funeral poems available for download for a nominal fee.

Also See:

Funeral and Memorial Poems for Mom – Mother – Grandmother
Funeral and Memorial Poems for Dad – Father – Grandfather
Funeral and Memorial Poems for Children – Babies – Kids



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.


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.





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.


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)

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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