The preparation involved in planning a funeral can be overwhelming when mourning the loss of a loved one. Those responsible for preparing the funeral and other arrangements don’t have to do it alone. There are tons of free online resources that can help you write an obituary and design a funeral program in a way that captures and conveys your loved one’s life in a genuine and honest way.
A funeral program is a popular way for people to chronicle the life and achievements of the deceased as well as inform family and friends about the events of the funeral or memorial service. Funeral programs can last a lifetime, as keepsakes for family and friends.
Funeral and memorial programs typically include such basic information about the deceased as the name, date of birth and death, time, date and location of funeral, pallbearers, the order of service and the obituary. Families can choose to further personalize a funeral program by including photos, poems, art, family stories and other intimate information.
While there are a number of websites that offer funeral program templates, there are few that offer them for free. However, the web is filled with tips and suggestions for those unsure of how to design an appropriate funeral or memorial program. The below free funeral program templates will give you a better idea of how to write a funeral program.
Free Funeral Program Template: Our Lady of Victories
Here you will find a free, comprehensive funeral program template that includes communion and scriptures.
Free Funeral Program Template: Free Funeral-Program Site
This free template has less religious overtones than many of the others.
Free Funeral Program Template: Catholic Ireland
Here you will find a free funeral mass template.
Free Funeral Program Template: Memorable Treasures
Here you will find a sample funeral program.
Additionally, Microsoft Office offers a free template that can help you decide what type of information to include in your funeral or memorial program. Find it here.
Once you decide what to include in your funeral or memorial program, piece it together using Microsoft Word. If you choose to include a photo, insert it into your word document by selecting the Insert tab, and then Picture tab. This will bring up the folders on your desktop. Select your pictures folder and choose your image. If you don’t want to use a personal image, find free landscape and inspirational photos from websites such as stock.xchng or istockphoto.com. Once you have chosen your photo, you can print your funeral program via black/white or color on your printer. Or, if your printer isn’t up to the task, you can print up your funeral programs at Kinko’s or somewhere similar.
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