A red candle on a table.


Written by Matt Frazer


The flickering flame of a funeral candle provides a point for focus and serenity. Personalize the container of this flame so that all who loved the deceased can reflect on the meaning of the life that was lived and the soul that has left this world.


Lighting candles is a practice that transcends cultures and centuries, religions and places. Its many symbolic implications include meditation, affirmation, devotion, and channeling and it is proven to produce effects of serenity, focus, and comfort in those who take part in it. The presence of fire at funerals — whether in the form of torches or candles — is as old as mankind itself.


Candles for FuneralsAncient peoples used torches for protective measures. Since spirits, whether evil or good, were thought to be active only under the cover of darkness, candles and torches were used to prevent them from reanimating corpses or haunting the living. More modern attitudes include the belief that the sputtering, dancing flame of a candle is a metaphor for human life and the firm glow symbolizes the soul. Whatever the belief, funeral candles hold significance and inspiration to those who behold their glow. With the advent of funeral-specific software, funeral professionals now can offer a beautiful, long-lasting personalized candle to client families.


Funeral candles are one of the fastest growing keepsake products in the funeral profession. With great ease, you can create a top-quality, enduring, and personalized gift that will touch your client families and will likely be used by them again and again. Using funeral software to design the candle holder artwork is amazingly simple. First, select from more than 500 themes to create a background design that best reflects the pastimes or interests of the deceased. Next, choose one or more photos of the departed and drag to the indicated area on the template. Finally, choose a message such as a poem or a quote and add where directed.


After you’ve printed on blank perforated stock, just detach the four sections and insert into the beveled glass sides of the candle holder. Contained in a beautiful cherry wood base, you have just created a beautiful keepsake that your client families can take home with them. Many clients light the candle on anniversaries to celebrate the life of their loved one, finding serenity and comfort in the flickering flame. These candles come with 100% all natural wax that is environmentally-friendly and, once burned away, can be replaced with any candle of the client’s choosing.


This meaningful gift will touch your clients when presented to them, as many funeral home professionals do as a surprise token. Coordinate with the design and theme they have chosen for the funeral stationery and the emotional impact will be that much greater. As a business building suggestion, include in stationery packages so that multiple family members may have one and can bring home the life-affirming symbolization of the eternal flame.


Download Tribute Center for free to create personalized memorial candles and other mementos for the families you serve!