If you have been left in charge of organising a loved one’s funeral, sorting out the order of service will be at the top of your agenda. An order of service is so much more than just a list of poems and hymns. In fact, it can be a fitting tribute to your loved one, as well as a memento that family and friends can keep from the funeral. Here are some important details that you should include in a funeral order of service.
Choose the Right Template or Design
Choosing the right design is incredibly important for your loved one’s funeral order of service. This will set the tone for the day and reflect the personality of the person you have lost. Templates come in an array of designs, including traditional and modern. We appreciate this will be a testing time for you, so it may be wise to get help from Loving Memory Prints. They have a funeral program template you can download, print off and use for the service, to save time.
The Front Page
Regarding the front page of the order of service program, it’s best to keep it simple. However, there are some important details that should be housed on it. These include the full name of your loved one, their date of birth and date of death, as well as the time, date, and location of the service. You can include a short message on the front page too that summarises your loved one.
Select a Photograph
As well as the important details above, make sure to include a photograph on the front cover too. We appreciate this may be difficult as there will be so many pictures to choose from. It’s a good idea to sit down with loved ones and go through old photographs. Whatever photo you decide on, you will want it to represent your loved one perfectly. Now is a good time to remember the character and personality of your loved one. There may be some compromising involved to keep the family happy when selecting a photograph.
There are no limits when it comes to how many inside pages you include in your loved ones’ funeral order of service program. If you would like, you can include additional photographs that can be housed inside the booklet. The ceremony will be a personal choice, so it’s up to you what you include. However, if you’re stuck for ideas, many people include entrance music, an introduction, hymns and poems, and exit music.
The Back Page
If you have picked a recent photograph of your loved one to put on the front page of the booklet, it may be nice to put an older photograph of them on the back of the program. You can also include words of gratitude from your family, as well as an invitation to your loved ones’ wake.
However you go about it, you will want to make sure your loved ones’ funeral order of service reflects them in the best light possible. Spending time on creating a thoughtful and fitting tribute to your loved one will help you give them the send-off they deserve and ensure everyone has a keepsake of the day that they can treasure for many, many years to come.