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Creating A Funeral Order Of Service

The order of service is usually a printed sheet of paper. It lists what will happen during the funeral service, usually including lyrics to hymns and a picture of the deceased. These can be very short and simple, or much more extravagant. It’s up to you how much you want to put into the funeral order of service. Let’s take a further look at what you might wish to include.

Images & Memories

It’s a nice touch to put an image of the deceased on the front or back cover of the booklet. However, there’s nothing stopping you from putting more in there. If you have lots of lovely pictures that would bring joy and comfort to those who attend the funeral, you could dedicate a page or two to displaying these.

It’s also nice to include memories of accomplishments the deceased had. Whether it be a particularly long marriage, a record-breaking achievement or a significant fondness for their pet, sharing these details adds a special touch to the funeral order of service.

Practical Details

The order of service serves as a useful guide for funeral attendees. Make sure you use some of the space to write down the location of any further celebrations, such as a wake or memorial service. You can also include details of where donations can be sent in memory of the deceased.

Be sure to include any lyrics that attendants will need. Don’t assume that everyone will know the words to every prayer or hymn you’ll be reciting. It’s better to provide the words, as even those who are familiar with them may struggle to remember them during a time of grief. If there isn’t enough space to include all the lyrics you need, you can always provide the page number if they’re in The Bible or supply the words on a separate printed sheet. A separate sheet of lyrics is also a good idea if you know some attendees will need larger writing.

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Remembering Your Loved One

It’s nice to include a few details about the departed on the sheet. You should have their name, date of birth and date of death. You can also add the names of their closest relatives and friends that will be speaking at or attending the funeral, if it’s appropriate. Be sure to thank people for attending as well. This can be put at the back of the order of service, as it’s a nice way to conclude the booklet.

Who Should Make The Order Of Service?

It’s completely up to you. If a close relative or friend has an eye for design, it may be nice to suggest that they put the booklet together. There are also plenty of templates that can be found online if you’re less creative but would still like to do it yourself. However, rest assured that Peris Rice Funeral Directors will happily create a personalised order of service if required, as part of the funeral package.

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