How to Write in an Funeral Guest Book

Updated April 17, 2017

A funeral guest book is positioned at the entrance to a wake where the attendees sign in as they arrive to pay their respects to the deceased. The guest book is taken home by the family of the deceased as a keepsake and celebration of the life of their loved one. Anything written in a guest book should be considered appropriate and considerate. Keep in mind that the family will be reading this, including children, siblings, spouses or even parents.

Sign your name in the guest book on the next blank line. You do not necessarily need to write a personal message along with your name. By listing your name, you let the family know you were there to show your respects, bringing them comfort and support even if you were not able to greet them in person.

Write the names of anyone you brought with you, such as a spouse or child, if they are not signing in themselves. Often the sheer amount of names of people who attended the wake can serve as a reminder of the many people their loved one touched in her life.

Include a short anecdote or cherished memory you have of the deceased. A collection of memories from the deceased's friends and family can help transform the guest book into a family keepsake for the surviving family members.

Write about any ways the deceased brought comfort to you, impacted your life or what he meant to you. Reading about his good deeds and the profound impact he had on the lives of those around him can help bring comfort to the family.

Add a short message to the deceased himself. This could be a simple "I'll see you around buddy," a loving "I miss you," or even a note of gratitude, such as "Thanks for everything, my friend."

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Michelle Barry graduated from Salve Regina University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Since then, she has worked as a reporter for the Wilbraham-Hampden Times, an editor for Month9Books and Evolved Publishing, editor and has spent the past seven years in marketing and graphic design. She also has an extensive background in dance.