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Written by Matt Frazer


Funeral stationery is a vital element during mourning, providing a touchstone for the bereaved to memorialize the deceased and a way to share support among friends and family.


Today, funeral stationery can be created in a wide variety of styles, themes, and colors as society is adopting a less formal stance on funerals from when its use began. In fact, individual pieces of funeral stationery can be created that range in tone from reserved to upbeat. Offering client families and friends many ways to express the life of their loved one through personalized funeral stationery best suits their needs.


Funeral stationery became customary during the Victorian period, with its strict moral code and ceremonious adherence to tradition. Swathed mainly in black, the bereaved in the Victorian era expressed their grief in somber styles and colors. Not only were their clothes black, most aspects surrounding the funeral were also black.


Funeral stationery had a black border, heavy at the beginning of the mourning period and reduced over a period of years. This custom remained in effect until the 1920s when Lillian Eichler Watson declared in her book of etiquette that white stationery is proper for all occasions, including mourning. Eventually, the somber border on funeral stationery disappeared altogether and over time, mourners wanted a more personalized, celebratory style to honor their dead.


Today, it is unthinkable to imagine funeral arrangements, services, and mourning unaccompanied by more personalized prayer cards, funeral register books, and sympathy cards. These tangible expressions of support and information exchange during mourning reinforce the reality of death and help friends and family accept it in a meaningful, caring manner.


While funeral register books are standard at most funerals, nowadays they also can be personalized with photos and anecdotes, colors, themes, and styles. Memorial folders provide wonderful keepsakes, inspiring mourners to share memories of the life being celebrated. Prayer cards, though historically featuring a religious image on the side and basic details of the deceased on the reverse, may now include a personal photograph, quotes that represent the departed, and a theme or imagery that can be carried out throughout the rest of the funeral stationery. Acknowledgment and thank-you cards are easily personalized as well, and many options exist for non-religious items.


More choices exist for families and funeral directors due to the advanced development methods that funeral software provides. This new and revolutionary funeral software is easy to use and allows flexibility in customization, using standard printers, with the entire funeral stationery package able to be completed in-house by the funeral professional.


Funeral stationery is an expected and comforting custom that can be functional and aid in the grieving process. Why not explore funeral stationery personalization software and start showing your client families the many ways they can celebrate the life of their loved one?


Download Tribute Center for free today to create meaningful mementos for your families to celebrate the life of their loved one.