How to Make My Own Bereavement Cards

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How to Make My Own Bereavement Cards
Standard funeral etiquitte calls for bereavement cards to be collected next to the guest book. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

With the often sombre nature of funerals and memorial services, presenting the departed's family with a bereavement card can be a thoughtful gesture that recognises the genuine heartache that family members may be feeling. By making your own bereavement card, you can add a personal touch to your message of sympathy by giving the family a handmade token of your condolences. Whether you are an experienced card-maker or a novice, making bereavement cards is a craft that can be met with heartfelt appreciation.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Card stock
  • Envelopes
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Paper trimmer
  • Adhesives
  • Tapes
  • Rubber stamps
  • Ink
  • Embellishments

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    Choose your materials. With a variety of card stock and paper materials, your bereavement card can feature rice paper, mulberry paper or vellum. Once you have identified what speciality paper you want to feature on your card, choose a complimentary card stock to serve as the background of the card.

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    Sketch the theme of your bereavement card. A practice drawing can help you determine balance and overall appearance of your card. For example, the front of a religious bereavement card can feature a cross or appropriate Bible passage. When making a more standard bereavement card, create a sunset scene or flowers on the front of the card. A sunset or flower bouquet can either be painted with watercolours or drawn with coloured pencils. An additional option for a card featuring flowers is to use a rubber stamp as flowers are a common design for stamps.

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    Write a heartfelt message on the inside of the bereavement card. Share a favourite memory of the deceased with the family or cite a poem, song lyric or Bible passage that deals with death and loss.

Tips and warnings

  • When at a funeral or memorial service, do not present the deceased's family members with a bereavement card directly as they will be too busy greeting guests to hang on to the card. Place it in a designated location for cards and condolences.

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