What is a Funeral Program?
In the event planning industry, a program refers to a document that lists down a series of planned micro-events held within a specific period of time or for the accomplishment of a specific goal. And this article is all about funeral programs or documents that detail the micro-events occurring during or leading up to a deceased person’s funeral.
Funeral programs are usually printed on paper or cardstock. But digital versions sent through email may also be available. In most cases, funeral programs also act as funeral invitations.
How to Make Funeral Program
Informative and Fuss-Free. These are the top two characteristics that people look for when creating a funeral program. Perhaps it’s because planning for another person’s end-of-life ceremony is already stressful enough.
But if you want to create a personalized funeral program that the deceased person approves of, then here are a few simple program design tips that you can incorporate.
1. Find Out the Person’s End-of-Life Directives
Perhaps the most important step when creating a catholic funeral program is to consider the deceased person’s final wishes. We are referring to the person’s preferences on how his/her funeral ceremony will be like.
If the person did not leave directives or specific requests, then opt for how the person was perceived by his family and peers. For example, you may incorporate the person’s favorite colors, personality, and hobbies into the program design.
2. Use a Flattering and Fairly Recent Photo
The deceased may longer be able to heckle you if you use an unflattering selfie as part of their funeral program photo card. (Or would they? 0.0 ) But it is a common funeral etiquette to use flattering and recent photographs of the deceased.
Use photos that the deceased’s circle of friends, relatives, and colleagues will recognize.
3. Double-Check The Funeral Details
Funeral programs are usually printed a few weeks to days before the funeral date. Proofread and recheck if the funeral program outline is accurate or not. Make all the necessary corrections before printing the program cards. As an alternative, you may use a funeral trifold brochure.
4. Add Known Positive Facts
A good funeral program card is one that incorporates charming details about the deceased. Personal achievements may also work.
A eulogy funeral adds a nostalgic layer to the ceremony. It is a reminder to the ceremony guests and the deceased’s loved ones that he/she has lived a full life.
5. Ask for the Immediate Family’s Approval
If you are not part of the deceased’s immediate family, do not forget to for the family’s approval of the final funeral service program card’s design. This simple action acts as a touchstone for are closest to the deceased know. It’s a psychological tug that signals a healthy grieving process.
6. Use a Coordinated Envelope
If you intend to mail out the funeral program to relatives, friends, and colleagues, make use of similarly designed envelopes. Doing so helps tell the recipients that you are sending an important piece of mail (especially if the recipient wasn’t informed yet). This simple action also adds another layer of privacy to the whole event.