Memorial cards are given out at funerals to aid visitors in remembering their loved one. Some individuals, during their funeral planning process, design their own cards. However, this is not always possible, and therefore a friend or family member can make the cards after the person has passed on. Typically, funeral homes will include memorial cards in their burial services, but this option can be very expensive. Someone close to the deceased individual may find comfort in making memorial cards as a tribute. If the deceased person did not leave his wishes on what to include in the memorial card, think carefully about what he would want.
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Choose a photo or image. This image can have personal meaning to you or to the deceased individual. The image could be a family photo, self-portrait, symbol, painting or art work. Regardless, choose something that reflects the individual.
Add quotes, songs, poems or prayers. If possible, find one of the deceased person's favourite quotes or song lyrics. Alternatively, you can choose something comforting to help with your loss.
Include other information, such as the date and place of the individual's birth and death. Add any other details the deceased individual would have liked, for instance, hobbies, career details or things he loved.
Open a word template such as Microsoft Word or Apple Pages, depending on your computer's software.
Upload any photos or illustrations. You can do this by scanning the image(s) into your computer or having someone else send you the image(s) via e-mail.
Set margins. The size of a memorial card will vary based on how much you choose to put on the card. An average size is around 8 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches.
Arrange the text and art. Be sure all of the information is clearly visible, and avoid cluttering the page.
Print a test version to see how you like the card. Revise if necessary, and then print as many as you need.
Tips and warnings
- Cardstock comes in a variety of styles. You might prefer having a simple colour and font; others might prefer having a colourful background.
- Memorial cards can vary in design---you might prefer multiple pages or just a single sheet. This will depend on how much information you include, as well as how much paper you would like to use.
- Have someone else proofread your card before printing off the desired amount. It is better to catch mistakes early than waste time, paper and ink.
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