A Complete Guide to a Christian Funeral Service

Anyone who has tried preparing for a funeral service, whether it is a religious or non-religious one, can attest that the task is definitely not that easy. It can be a bit overwhelming especially if the death is a result of a tragic accident. You just won’t know where to begin and what needs to be one.

Also, planning for a funeral for someone you dearly love is a painful process. There will be lots of emotions involved along the way and a lot of decisions have to be made.

Just like with any kind of funeral service, planning for a Christian funeral service for your dearly departed is never an easy thing to do. Saying goodbye to someone who means a lot to you is a painful process.

People mourn in various ways. Sometimes, family tension and conflicts would arise which just add up to the stress to an already emotionally troublesome moment. Hopefully, this guide can help to lessen the stress and the burden involved in planning a funeral service your dear departed.

But first, before you make any plans, ask any of your family members if the deceased has provided them with specific directions on how their funeral service will be like. This can certainly help to ease the load of planning for the funeral service. Also, find out if the person has obtained any funeral or burial insurance.

Prepare Yourself

Perhaps, it is the funeral of your husband, mom, dad, daughter, son, or anyone you love that you are preparing for. It is definitely not going to be easy so you have to be prepared by having the right attitude.

Making plans for the funeral service of your dearly departed would be much easier if you take away all the emotions that come with grieving for the loss of a loved one. You just have to live with the fact that all things will come to an end and that includes the life of someone you love. Once you accepted this fact, everything will be easier for you to deal with and preparing for the funeral mass program will be much easier for you.

Start by thinking that this service that you are preparing for is your way of celebrating your loved one’s journey to an eternal life. Therefore, it should be respectful and highly dignified and not something depressing. While it is normal to grieve at this moment of time, there should also be room for a joyful celebration.

Choose a Funeral Home

The first step when planning a Christian funeral service is to look for a funeral home. This actually applies to other types of funeral services as well, whether it is a religious or non-religious one. If you do not know of any funeral home near you, then ask some of your church members for a recommendation. Sometimes, the minister or your pastor will know of any funeral home that he can recommend to you so you should call if you cannot decide on this matter.

Make sure to choose a highly reputable funeral home for the funeral service of your loved one. They should have a staff that will professionally guide you through the entire process of planning and preparing and this also includes preparing legal documents and other paperwork.

They should also help you with the obituary as well as on choosing a casket for the burial and everything that is involved in the memorial service. A good funeral home should also provide the memorial service invitation cards as part of the package.

Schedule with a Minister

Church ministers are often busy. Thus, for those planning a religious service, whether it is Christian or otherwise, booking the minister should be one of the first things to do. If you are a member of a church, your pastor will most likely volunteer to lead the funeral service. But for bigger churches, the pastor might not be available on the day of the funeral service. Therefore, you should be able to come up with a burial date as early as possible so the minister or the pastor can check their schedule if they will be available on that day.

If in the event that the deceased person has no contact with any local church, the best thing to do is to rely on the funeral home’s recommendation. You can also ask your neighbors or some of your family members in looking for a minister that will lead the funeral service. After you booked a minister, ask for a copy of the funeral order of service layout from the church so you will have an idea on how the program will be like.

Offer Hope

As Christians, keep in mind that offering hope to the grieving parties is important. Again, planning a funeral for a loved one is never going to be easy. But just think of this as your loved one’s journey to an eternal life. This moment is the perfect opportunity to give hope to each other and share the faith and the hope for eternity even with non Christian friends and family.

If you are not that close to the deceased, yet you want to offer comfort to the grieving family, send over some in memoriam cards, which contain a message of hope for the family member, along with some verses in the bible that can somehow provide comfort to the grieving family. The card is also the best avenue to share the gospel and offer hope of salvation.

Planning the Funeral Service

Now you are on to the important part of funeral planning and that is to plan the funeral service. The best way to do this is to sit down with your church minister and go over some of the details of the funeral mass program, including the following:

  • Find out what religious songs or music need to be played during the program.
  • Ask if it is possible to have some poem or story reading as a way to honor the deceased.
  • Look for some special speakers who will offer a eulogy.
  • Inquire if it is possible to display specific photos of the deceased as well as photos of friends and family members.
  • Find out if there are any charities that the deceased was supporting and see if the mourners can send over donations for such charity instead of the usual flowers and guests.
  • Ask if guests would be invited to the burial. If so, then send them memorial service invitations.

Working with a Funeral Director

A lot of funeral homes and some churches have funeral directors or coordinators. These people are in charge with the overall planning and preparation of the funeral. They will work closely with the family members in order to organize the Christian funeral service successfully.

If the service will be done in a church, then see the person responsible for coordinating funeral services and go over the details involved.  Things like flower arrangements, reception presentations, as well as audio and visual needs might have to be discussed during your meeting.

Preparing the Eulogy

Look for a member in your family who can deliver a eulogy during the funeral service. The eulogy needs not be that long. It should only be about five minutes long. It is also recommended to have the emotional elements to be placed right at the end of the eulogy. If there are any additional tributes that need to be given by some friends, colleagues and relatives, it should only be limited in length so as to keep the service from going too long that could disrupt the church schedule.

Younger family members may want to write down messages to in memoriam cards as a tribute to the deceased. They can also read these messages aloud during the funeral.

Special Remembrances

A table or a wall in the funeral venue is sometimes provided for the family to display some of their special remembrances with the deceased. It will feature photographs and other memorabilia. Sometimes, memoriam cards are also displayed which later on will be given to visiting guests as their remembrance of the person. The card will sometimes feature a photo of the deceased with a short description about the person as well as the date of the funeral. Make sure to take some time on what you want to display and gather these items and then make arrangements with the funeral director to display them.

Funeral Service Handouts

Since most of the memorial services are being planned in a short time period, the service handouts are often overlooked. If you want the guests to have a memory of the event, then print some special handouts to be given to them. These are pretty much the same with in memoriam cards and you can download templates at FuneralPamphlets.com. The handouts can be in a form of a card that has a simple picture of your dearly departed with his birth date and date of demise. It can also include a verse from the bible or perhaps a quotation that has a significant meaning to the life of the deceased.

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Bi-Fold and Tri-Fold Remembrance Program Cards

There are different types of remembrance program cards. Depending on the things that you will put on the cards, you will have to choose a specific kind so that all the contents of the leaflet will be accommodated.

There are often two kinds of remembrance cards that people use: the bi-fold and the tri-fold cards. These types of cards offer different advantages. Thus, it would be ideal to know which one offers the benefits that you need so that you can choose which one would be the best type to use for the memorial card that you are making.

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Advantages of Bi-Fold and Tri-Fold Remembrance Brochures

Here are the two types of remembrance program templates and their advantages.

  • Bi-Fold Memorial Pamphlets

Bi-fold remembrance brochures are folded in two, hence the name. These are often the size of a greeting card. But, the size may be adjusted to fit the preference and the needs of the one creating the cards.

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Listed below are some of the advantages that you will receive by using this kind of funeral leaflet.

  • Larger Font

If you are using a bi-fold brochure, you can adjust the font to make them larger. Because the width of the brochure will likely be wider, you will be able to put larger fonts without cutting off the words in two. This is good especially of you have a lot of elderly people attending the memorial or funeral services.

  • Larger Image

Another advantage of using bi-fold printable remembrance program cards is that you can use larger images. Because the images will be accommodated by the size of the card, you do not have to shrink the images just to make them fit into the cards.

  • Tri-Fold Memorial Pamphlets

Another popular kind of remembrance program templates that are downloaded from online shops and funeral sites are tri-fold templates. Depending on the size of the tri-fold card, you will be able to get additional benefits from it.

  • More Content

When you use a tri-fold template, you will be able to put more content on the cards. There will be more space for the prayers, quotes, message, information about the deceased and his or her family and the photos of the deceased.

  • More Panels

Using a tri-fold template will enable you to arrange the contents of the remembrance program card that you are creating. Because there will be space for each kind of content that you will be putting on the cards, such as the information of the deceased and his or her family, prayers and quotes, the contents will be more organized and easier to read.

The only disadvantage that you will likely encounter with this kind of brochure is that the space for the images may be smaller compared to bi-fold brochures. Nonetheless, you can rid of this issue if you use a bigger paper.

When editing remembrance program templates, remember to consider the content that you are putting on the leaflets. This will enable you to choose the right type of card that can accommodate all the content that you would want to put into the brochures.

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What to Write on Funeral Program Cards

When a loved one passes away, you would have to make arrangements for a lot of things, and that includes a remembrance card. It can be used as a funeral program announcement card or a remembrance brochure that family and friends can use to remember the departed. Thus, you have to think of proper things to include on funeral program cards. Putting content on a funeral card may sound easy at first but when the time comes that you are in grief due to the passing of your loved one, you will find that it will be hard to think about these things.

But knowing what to write or include on funeral program leaflets beforehand will enable you to know which ones you should include on these kinds of cards.

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Things to Include on Funeral Cards

Here are some of the things that are often included in these kinds of cards:

  • Prayers

Prayers are often included in funeral cards. It is up to you whether you will put your own prayer or you will copy prayers that you can find online or on books. There are prayers on websites that sell downloadable and editable funeral program cards. These copies of prayers are often for free so you do not have to worry about purchasing them.

  • Poems

Just like prayers, you can find remembrance poems on websites that offer printable remembrance cards. Look for poems that match the personality of your departed loved one to make the cards more personal.

You may want to read a lot of poems before you decide which one to include so that you will find the one that suits your loved one’s personality best.

  • Personal Messages

You can also include personal messages on funeral program cards if you like. These messages may not be too personal but they can be dedications and a word of thanks to the person that has passed away. Putting these kinds of things will alleviate some of the pain that you and your family and friends are feeling since you are able to express your love and appreciation to the departed.

  • Memories

Aside from prayers and poems, you can also include some of the happiest memories that the people close to the departed have shared. Vacations or parties can be included. Photos of those events can be put along with the details to make it easier for the surviving loved ones to remember how wonderful the departed’s life was.

Creating funeral program cards need not be sorrowful. Funerals and memorials are made to celebrate the life of the departed. So, the cards dedicated for this event should be full of the happy memories of the person you are celebrating for. Your departed loved one will be happier knowing that you are celebrating his or her life instead of being buried in grief and sadness that will make you all sorrowful.

Make sure to include happy details without being inappropriate so that you can pay respects and appreciation to your loved one.

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Putting Your Genealogy on Death Memorial Pamphlets

Some prefer putting genealogy on death memorial pamphlets. But these family trees are often just a few levels deep and only include some of the close relatives since a full-sized family tree wouldn’t fit into a small funeral card. Though the family tree is not really complete and is just a few levels deep, it is also ideal to put a genealogy on the funeral keepsake template that you are making so that you can include a bit of the history of your family.

Putting a Family Tree on a Memorial Card

Hiring a professional in digging into your family history will be a nice idea. This will enable you to create a more accurate genealogy even though you are only including only a few levels of the family tree on the pamphlets.

Here are some tips on how you can put a small family tree on a memorial card that you are making for your deceased loved one’s death memorial pamphlets:

  • Consider the Size of the  Pamphlet

One of the first things that you need to consider when making a family tree for a memorial card is the size of the card itself. This will enable you to determine how deep the family tree should be. If you have enough space, you can create a deeper family tree. But if you can only put it in a small space, you can include some of the close relatives, especially the surviving ones.

  • Size of the Family Tree

After determining the size of the printable death memorial pamphlets that you are creating, you can now determine the size of the family tree that you will put in it. It would be ideal to make the tree as simple as possible. Make the font of the names of the family members easy to read and not too elaborate so that anyone can read it even if the fonts are a bit small.

  • Design of the Tree

Some people put tree images on the editable funeral keepsake cards that they are making while some just make a diagram showing the relations and generations in the family. It is up to you what type of family tree you are going for. Just make sure that the names of your family members will still be visible and legible when printed out.

  • Have a Test Print

Making a test print after creating the family tree will ensure that the whole batch of the death memorial pamphlets are legible and will not look too elaborate for the eyes. This will also help you determine whether the colors that you used will be compatible with the overall color scheme of the funeral keepsake template.

Creating and putting a family tree on a memorial card is a nice idea to let distant relatives and friends know the relation of the deceased to every family member that is attending the funeral or memorial service. It will prevent confusion particularly to distant relatives who are not quite familiar with the deceased or the other relatives that have attended the services.

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Show How You Really Feel with Death Memorial Cards

When someone you love passes away, you are inclined to show how you really feel about the person. You will also want to show how much you appreciate the person. And one of the best ways to show how you truly feel is to create death memorial cards. These memorial leaflets will enable you to express how you feel by putting what you feel inside on those leaflets that you can share with family and friends.

This will also enable other family members to show how they feel by pitching in and adding things to the leaflets. Also, these brochures will be a very useful token since it will be a token for friends and family who want to remember your departed loved one.

Sharing Your Feelings on Memorial Service Leaflets

There are different ways on how to show how you feel though remembrance leaflets. Here are some ways on how you can express your feelings and appreciation of your deceased loved one through these leaflets.

  • Prayers

One of the best ways to show that you want your departed loved one to find solace is to add prayers on the death memorial cards. These prayers can be copied or can be created by you. Regardless of who made or composed the prayers, what’s important is that it can convey your prayers.

Aside from prayers, you can also include remembrance poems in the printable memorial leaflets that you are making. These poems can also be created by you or copied from another source. There are a lot of remembrance poems that you can find online. These poems can either be found on literature websites or funeral service websites. There are lots of funeral websites that provide free remembrance poems and downloadable death memorial card templates.

You can also get these cards for a price at memorial leaflet template online shops.

  • Speech

Inserting a small speech at the memorial cards will also show how you feel. By providing a positive speech about your deceased loved one’s life and memories, you will be able to share how much you appreciate the life of the departed.

This will also make a way for you to say how you feel without speaking it out. By putting what you have to say on the memorial leaflets, you will be able to let others know how you feel, which will also be a good way to express the grief that you are feeling.

  • Sharing Memories

When creating printable death memorial cards, you can also share memories that you, your family and your friends spent with the departed. This will enable everyone to reminisce on the good times instead of focusing on the grief and your loss. This will also be a good way to divert your attention to the good times that you shared instead of burying yourself in grief.

Making these kinds of memorial leaflets will not only make the memorial service more memorable. It will also be a good way to express your appreciation for the life of your deceased loved one.

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Plan a Short but Memorable Funeral with a Good Memorial Order of Service Cards

Planning a short but memorable funeral is possible when you have a good memorial order of service cards. With the help of these cards, you can make the funeral services on schedule, without delays and without too much time extended on certain activities. Because the attendees will know when and where the service will be held, the service can be started on time. Also, because the attendees will know the activities that will be done next, everyone will be able to participate and cooperate, which will avoid any delay and disorganization.

Thus, it is important to have a funeral program guide when planning a funeral service of a loved one. This way, you will be able to do everything that needs to be done in an orderly manner.

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Creating a Funeral Program and Memorial Order of Service Cards

To make your loved one’s funeral service organized, you have to follow a guide. This kind, whether it is a simple or a detailed one, will help you determine what activities you should do next and which ones you should prioritize.

Memorial program cards, on the other hand, will enable you to let all the attendees know what schedule you should follow so that the memorial service will be organized and proper. Because this will be your way of appreciating and celebrating the life of your departed loved one, this should be done without any hassle and delays.

Here are some guidelines on how to make a good funeral guide and memorial card for your loved one’s memorial service.

Memorial Guides

When making a funeral program guide, it is important to get all the help and suggestions that you can get and learn everything that you can in arranging a funeral. Visit various websites that can help you set up a memorial guide so that you will have an idea on what you should do. There will likely be a sample funeral program guide on the websites that you are going to visit that you can download and edit so that you can create a guide faster and much easier.

Program Cards

When making memorial order of service cards, make sure that you look for memorial order of service cards online. Choosing this route will offer you a better, cheaper, and more personal alternative than ordering them from funeral homes. Funeral program cards are found on various funeral card websites so make sure to visit them when you need to create cards to be sent to your distant relatives and friends before the funeral. These cards will not only serve as a token but will also be a guide for them on when and where the memorial service will be held. It will also enable them to know how long the service will be and what things are included in the service.

  • Make it Personalized

When making a funeral program guide and cards, be sure to include designs, messages and photos that will make the cards personalized. This will make the cards more special.

Making the cards customized will also enable the recipients of the cards to have something to keep in memory of your lost loved one. Through these cards, you can have something to help you cherish and remember the life of the departed. Websites like FuneralPamphlets.com offer a same-day customization and delivery service.

  • Don’t Forget the Special Events and Experiences on Your Loved One’s Life

To make it possible for the recipients of the memorial order of service cards to use the cards as a token for the memories of your loved one, be sure to include the happy and important memories in the cards that you are going to make.

You can include a page where the happy memories and accomplishments of your departed loved one will be put together. These memories can be read by the mourners to help them ease the sadness and pain of their loss, which will make things easier for everyone.

When making a funeral program guide, make sure that you include all the good things that you can cherish during and after the funeral service. But, make them simple and not too long. This way, the service can be short. Make sure that every activity is included in the guide so that mourners will know when the service will start and end. This way, there will be no extensions to the service, which can take much longer if there will be no plan made ahead of time.

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How to Plan a Memorial with the Help of Friends and Relatives Overseas

Planning a memorial should not be done alone. This is a time of deep sadness and grief so it is best that you do most of the things with your family and friends. Even if your loved ones live overseas, planning a memorial together is possible. Thus, even if you are living apart from your loved ones, you can still manage to do everything together, which will not only make things easier but will also ease some of the pain and sadness that all of you are feeling.

Planning a Memorial with Your Loved Ones

Here are some tips on how you can plan a memorial with your friends and relatives even when you are living very far from each other.

Use the Internet

The Internet is the most efficient means that you can use to communicate with your loved ones when planning for a memorial. Make sure that you set a date and time when you can talk with all or most of your loved ones so that you can discuss everything that needs to be done for the memorial.

Skype is a great way to talk with your loved ones abroad. You can either chat or talk with them through calls and video calls so that you can discuss the memorial program guidelines you need to follow to be able to set an organized memorial service.

  • Email

Using email is also another great way to communicate with your loved ones overseas. You can set the funeral schedule and everything for the memorial service by exchanging emails and files that you need to use for the memorial preparations.

Follow Memorial Program Guidelines

Aside from communicating with each other through Skype and emails, you can also use online memorial program guidelines to prepare the funeral. You can send your loved ones the link to online funeral program guideline sites so that they can all see what you should do. This way, you can all agree on what should be done next and the choices that you have to make for the preparations such as the creation of customized funeral cards.

You can print the guidelines to make it easier for you to read them. This will also enable you to take them along with you wherever you would need to go. Thus, when you need to go out to get or do something for the memorial service, you can check your list and see if everything is done appropriately.

Because these cards are some of the most important things that you need to address immediately, you need to talk about it as soon as you know the things that you should do for the memorial service.

  • Do Not Forget the Guidelines

When deciding on the customized funeral cards, make sure that you follow the memorial program guidelines so that you will know how you can create or order these cards. There are a lot of sample customized funeral cards that you will find online; use them. Send the samples to your loved ones overseas so that they can give their opinion and suggestions for the cards. Make sure that you agree with the printable cards and have them made as soon as possible so that you can send them to everyone you wish to know about the passing away of your loved one and you can move on to the next tasks that you need to accomplish.

This also goes for everything that you are going to prepare and arrange for the memorial service.

  • Check Your List

After completing a task, check them off on your printed memorial program guidelines. This way, you will know which ones you need to accomplish next. You can send a copy of your guidelines to your loved ones overseas so that they will know which ones they should focus on and research on next.

This will not only help you get through things faster and easier but will also avoid confusion and doing things that are already done all over again.

When planning for a memorial with family and friends overseas, make sure that you try to understand everyone and keep your calm. Be thankful of their help and try to understand when they get frustrated at times especially if they will not be able to go to the funeral personally, which will surely make them feel sad all the more.
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