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How to Make a Funeral Program

Updated February 21, 2017

The proper funeral program acts as a memento for a loved one's funeral. This program is traditionally a keepsake for people who pay their respects at a memorial or service. There is no way of knowing how many people will show at the event, so as a rule of thumb, provide a larger number of programs than occupancy of the memorial room. It is better to have too many than too few.

Choose the style of program. A traditional folded card style or a tri-fold style are good options. Decide on the dimensions, based on the amount of information you wish to include.

Create your introduction. The front of the program serves as a dedication to the deceased. A poem they enjoyed or a poem about them written by a friend or family member is appropriate. A short prose about their life is also suitable. You can also super-impose words over a picture of the deceased.

Write funeral information for the inside of the program. Include the day, time, and location of the funeral, as well as any memorial services or after funeral gatherings. Any special requests for flowers or donations is included in this section.

Select a word processing template to suit the style of program you have selected. Multiple options for templates are available online for free. Add your information into the template.

Print your creation onto your card stock. Set-up your printer to print only one. Examine the printed product and make any changes necessary to the template. Decide if you wish to print all the programs yourself or take your creation to a professional printer.

Tip

For a tri-fold style program, add a design or picture to the space without information. Use colours that suit the personality of the deceased for your card stock.

Warning

You will usually need a large number of programs for the funeral. Hiring a professional printer to duplicate your creation can be cost-effective when compared to paper and ink purchases.

Things You'll Need

  • Printer
  • Card stock
  • Card template
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About the Author

Sidney Johns began her writing career in 1993 after moving to Florida. The former teacher and surgical technician worked in the home improvement industry prior to earning a Bachelor of Science in education from Indiana University. While on hiatus in 2004, Johns studied holistic healing and organic growth and gardening.