For centuries, we’ve used funerals as a way to make peace with the passing of a loved one and say goodbye to them one last time.
Planning a funeral is a stressful, sad experience. And it’s likely that the last thing on your mind is creating a program for the service.
However, a funeral program is an important part of the procession. You’ll need to create something that stands out and makes your loved one look great.
Here are five tips to help you create a funeral program that the departed would love.
1. Use a Template
You may not have a lot of time to spend crafting a funeral pamphlet. Time constraints, when paired with the difficult nature of graphic design, can leave you feeling stumped.
Instead of spending hours watching YouTube tutorials or trying to get the hang of graphic design on your own, make things easier for yourself by using a funeral program template.
A template takes care of most of the heavy lifting. All you have to do is fill in the details, choose a photo, and adjust the template’s details to your liking.
2. Choose a Good Photo
A funeral service is an opportunity to honor someone’s life. Do the deceased justice by choosing a flattering photo to display on the front of the pamphlet.
Use a photo where they’re smiling or laughing. Or if they had a favorite portrait of themselves, consider using it.
The photo will be the focus of the front cover, so make sure it’s a picture that looks good even when enlarged.
3. Outline The Service
The pamphlet should include a number of details, particularly on the inside.
On the front cover, add the deceased’s name, the name of the funeral service, and the date and time of service. Put these details beneath the deceased’s photo.
On the interior of the program, write an outline of the service. Include the titles of any hymns, scriptures, songs, or readings, for instance. Be sure to include the names of those giving the readings, too.
The eulogy typically gets its own section, though you’ll also want to include the name of any speakers.
4. Include Uplifting Stories and Memories
Many people view funerals as one last way to celebrate their loved one. While it’s undoubtedly a somber occasion, smiling and remembering the good times is a wonderful way to aid the grieving process.
However, not everyone will be able to deliver a eulogy.
Instead, ask family and close friends to include their favorite memories and include these within the program.
Try and keep these anecdotes brief, but have them highlight who the deceased was and how much they meant to everyone in attendance.
5. Play Around With Fonts, Borders, and Frames
By now, the majority of the design is complete. The last step is to give the brochure a bit of flair.
Certain fonts can elicit emotion. A classy, cursive font like Allura is an elegant addition to the front of the program, while a bold Impact header draws attention to headers.
You can also add borders or frames around the interior of the pamphlet or the photo of the deceased. To fill out the program, don’t forget to add a few additional funeral-appropriate photos.
Create a Funeral Program Worthy of Your Loved One
Creating and designing a funeral program can bring about a lot of strong emotions. Take your time and allow yourself to grieve if necessary.
Just remember to make the program something that your loved one would be proud of. Creating a program for their service is a wonderful way of honoring their memory.
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