How to create a memory book for a funeral

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How to create a memory book for a funeral
A funeral memory book can be preserved and treasured for future generations. (thai funeral image by Adrian Hillman from

Death is a difficult time for everyone. A memory book that can be shared with family and friends during the funeral brings the memory of the deceased to life through stories, favourite photos, poems, personal papers and mementos. The days following a death are a time of healing, and the memory book created for a funeral can play an important part in the grieving process. After the finishing touches have been put on the book, it can be kept as a family treasure for future generations to learn from and enjoy.

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Things you need

  • Magnetic photo book
  • Photographs
  • Obituary
  • Poems
  • Awards or papers
  • Mementos
  • Greeting cards
  • Letters

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    Gather the photographs of the deceased loved one. Search for photographs that tell the story of the individual who has passed away, including birth pictures, school pictures, wedding photographs or vacation photos. Ensure that other family members are included in the photo representation. Jot down the date or occasion on the back of the photo, if you have it, for your reference.

  2. 2

    Arrange the photos in the scrapbook chronologically, but do not use glue or tape to attach the photos to the page. Use a magnetic photo book that does not harm the original photograph. Work quickly so that the book will be available in time for the funeral rite or visitation.

  3. 3

    Insert a copy of the local newspaper's obituary for the deceased. Include a list of family members and birth and death dates. Jot down other important dates, such as the deceased's graduation date, wedding and birth dates of children and grandchildren, if applicable.

  4. 4

    Copy and paste into the book meaningful poetry that relates to the life of the deceased. Add prose or comforting quotations that will help the family and friends remember and honour the life that has been lost.

  5. 5

    Include major articles of interest, such as diplomas, birth certificates, special awards or honorary mentions that the deceased obtained during his life. Bring in elements of his hobbies, such as drawings, needle crafts, photography or stamp collecting. Intersperse these within the book to help add colour and bring memories to life.

  6. 6

    Add meaningful mementos that will bring a smile to those who read the book. If the deceased was known for his crazy ties, or for her special brooches, make sure to include them in the memory book. Small embellishments, such as a ticket to a play, the menu to a favourite restaurant or even a favourite button, can evoke a cherished memory.

  7. 7

    Place greeting cards or personal letters that were received from or given to the deceased. They can be among the most cherished sentiments in the book. Be sure to add any available birthday or anniversary cards, love letters, postcards from travels or cute or funny notes.

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