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Written by Matt Frazer


There are several different names for funeral programs. They may be referred to as a funeral bulletin, funeral memorial programs, funeral service programs, or memorial service programs.


Whatever the term, the meaning is the same. A funeral program usually contains the order of the events of a funeral service. The pallbearers’ names are listed, special poems or verses are included, and anything else client families wish to include to help celebrate the life of their loved one.


Personalizing Funeral Programs

Client families look to their funeral director for funeral personalization options. They wish to honor the life of their loved one throughout the service with attention to every detail.


In addition to including the order of service to advise mourners of the schedule of events during the funeral service, a funeral program can be utilized to further memorialize the family’s loved one. Some things that can be suggested to the family to include in a funeral program for maximum customization are:


Photographs: The cover of most funeral programs will contain a photograph of the deceased. Whether the family wishes to include a picture of their loved one in younger years or one that reflects how the deceased looked recently — the option is theirs.


Readings: During the funeral service, certain family and friends may have been selected to read a scripture reading or a poem. In the funeral program, the name of the individual to perform the reading can be mentioned.


Funeral Poems and Scripture: Another option client families can choose to include in the funeral service program are funeral poems or scripture. Perhaps there was a particular poem that was special to the deceased? Some families may choose a famous poem to include in the funeral program that speaks to their feelings. For example, Ecclesiastics 3:1-8, Canon Henry Scott Hollands’s “Death is Nothing At All,” or — a personal favorite — Mary Elizabeth Frye’s “I Did Not Die.” If there is space inside the program, they can be included there; otherwise, the back cover can be used.


Pallbearers: Typically, the back cover of the funeral service program is reserved for any messages from the family to other mourners, such as one that thanks them for their attendance. Additionally, the names of the pallbearers are usually listed there as well. Other options would be to include a short biography of the deceased.


Funeral Home Software for Personalization

With the invention of funeral software, funeral program templates allow a funeral director to choose from an online library of hundreds of background layouts. Once selected, these layouts can be used for other funeral stationery items as well so that the entire service and keepsakes are well-coordinated.


The flexibility of these funeral program templates enables the funeral director to not only easily customize and print them in-house, it also enables the family to receive a completely customized funeral program for their loved one’s life celebration.


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