Example of funeral program wording

Sample Funeral Programs Can Help You Figure Out What to Say

Even gifted professional writers would probably find themselves at a total loss for words in the face of a grievous event like the loss of a loved one. Naturally, knowing where to begin to find the right words to commemorate a loved one’s memory would be doubly hard for someone who doesn’t write for a living.

Sample funeral programs can help you get a feel for the type of wording that is appropriate for such an item. It’s poignant, but not overly verbose. It’s heartfelt without being sickeningly flowery. Sometimes sample funeral programs will even substitute verse or poetry for standard text. Which option is right for you depends on who your loved one was as a person and how you think he or she would most like to be remembered.

Sample Funeral Programs Can Give You Design Ideas

Unless you’re lucky enough to be a gifted graphic designer or digital artist, you probably are not even sure where to begin when it comes to designing a proper funeral program. Sample funeral programs can help you here as well by showing you what a successful item of this type looks like.

Designs are simple and easy on the eyes. However, they also typically employ lovely, soft color schemes, well-chosen decorative fonts, and layouts that are pleasant to look at. Sample funeral programs keep things simple without being severe, classic without being generic.

When in doubt, try looking for funeral program software that includes sample funeral programs. Then after looking at examples of what might work for you, you can take advantage of useful resources that can help you design your own.

Funeral Program Title Wording

Funeral program title wording is tells how you choose to honor your loved one.  It can also tell what kind of service you are having.  Titles to remember your loved one can be “In Loving Memory“, “In Remembrance”, “Forever in our Hearts“, or anything you choose that describes the way you want to honor your loved one.  You can also use titles such as “A Celebration of Life Service”, “Homegoing Service”, or “Memorial Ceremony”.  Here is a list of titles for remembering your loved one that you can use.

Funeral Order of Service Wording

Wording may also apply to the funeral order of service or funeral outline which is almost always listed an a program, booklet or brochure.  The order of service tells the events that will take place at the funeral or memorial.  This can vary greatly depending on the kind of service you are having.  The general wording will include events like, musical prelude or selection, scriptures and prayers, eulogy and obituary readings and tributes.  Sometimes listed beside these events are the names of the persons who will be participating.  See our article on funeral order of service wording for more specific details.

Obituary Wording

Another important part of the program is the obituary or funeral tribute.  The obituary gives details of the deceased person’s life and accomplishments.  Obituary wording can be very detailed, and will depend on the circumstances of death and the life of the deceased. There are a few different types and styles of obituary, depending on how you intend to use it.  See our articles on How to Write an Obituary and writing an obituary for a funeral program for more information.

Thank You and Acknowledgement Wording

Funeral Programs often contain an area of acknowledgement or thank you.  This short paragraph usually thanks friends and family for acts of kindness, gifts, cards and.  You can also use this section to thanks others such as medical staff, hospice or any other people that should receive special acknowledgment.