How to create a funeral program

vintage rose funeral programFuneral programs can be an important part of a funeral service.  The funeral program is a printed handout that is given for family, friends and guests.  It informs guests of the order of events for the service as well as gives personal information about the deceased.  This program can also contain funeral poems, family photos and photo collages, scriptures and personalized notes, making it a more a keepsake.  This post will explain how to create a funeral program at home.

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Decide what you want to include in your program

Funeral programs can contain many different types of information.  You should decide on what you want to include in your program.  If you do not have a lot of time, or if you don’t have a lot of information about the deceased, you may want to keep it short and sweet.  Here is a short list of information that you can include in a funeral program

  • Cover Photo
  • Funeral Order of Service or Memorial Service Outline
  • Obituary, Biography, Life Sketch
  • Funeral Poems, Scriptures or Prayers
  • Photos and Photo Collages
  • Clipart and other Design Elements

You can pick and choose from this list.  Your program doesn’t have to be several pages.  You can make an easy funeral program with just a funeral service outline, a poem and a picture may be good enough to honor your loved one.  If you want a longer program or booklet, you can add photos and collages, personalized notes, public acknowledgements and thank you notes.

Typing your funeral program using a familiar software program

If you are creating a funeral program yourself, the easiest way is to use a funeral program template.  Templates come in many different styles and colors, and can have themes such as religious, nature, waterscape and many others.  You can also get templates in many different layouts and paper sizes.  You will need to make sure that you have a software program which will allow you to edit your template.  Funeral and memorial program templates can significantly reduce the time it takes to make a funeral program.  However, you can try to layout a funeral program on your own using the software program that you are most comfortable with.  For more information, see our article on  choosing a funeral program template.

Here are some quick steps to create your funeral program

  1. Get your information together — Select as much as as little information as you want to include.
  2. Decide whether you want to use a template, or make your program from scratch.  If making a program from scratch, you will need to format and pick a funeral program cover image.
  3. If using a template, decide on a background image or design, and pick a layout.  Remember, you should choose your layout and paper size based on how much information you want to include.
  4. Choose a template that you can download immediately.
  5. Make sure you choose a template in a software program that you are familiar with.  Make sure that the program you plan to use is properly installed, and is not an expired trial version.  See our article on funeral program template software for more information
  6. Choose a template from a company that has customer support.
  7. Begin typing your information into the template.  A good template will have sample information in it.  Simply remove the sample information and type in your own.  You can also cut and paste your information.
  8. Insert Photos if you have any.
  9. Proofread your template thoroughly.
  10. Do a test print and proofread it.
  11. Print your funeral program.  Make sure you have enough ink and paper.
  12. Fold your program

For more inspiration, check out our funeral program sample for ideas and suggestions on how to make the perfect program.