7 items to consider when designing a funeral memorial card

A funeral is an opportunity to both remember and pay tribute to a loved one. The music, flowers, photos, words and memories presented at a funeral gives family and friends an opportunity to demonstrate the respect and emotion felt for the deceased.

A memorial card is one way to create a lasting tribute and honour their life. Memorial cards are usually a small printed card or bookmark which are handed out to attendees at a funeral.

Below is a summary of 7 items you may want to consider when designing a memorial card:

1. The quality of the card stock to be used and its size and colour

It is possible to colour coordinate a memorial card with the flowers, the order of service, ribbons or other decorative items used at the funeral. The card should be printed on good quality paper with consideration of the colour. It could be printed in the favourite colour of the deceased, for example, or feature a favourite activity, sporting team or another personal attribute the person was well known for.

2. The wording on the memorial card

A memorial card will usually include some special wording to pay tribute to the deceased.

Examples of wording on memorial cards may include:

In loving memory of…

We are sad to announce…

Forever in our hearts…

Rest in peace…

A celebration of the life of…

A legacy of life…

In affectionate remembrance of…

Cherished memories of…

Forever in our thoughts…

Gone but not forgotten…

3. The photo to be used

A memorial card will usually include one or two photos of the deceased, perhaps one from childhood and one photographed later in life.

4. The dates of the birth, marriage or death of the deceased

The card may also include the dates of when the person was born, married and when they died.

5. A personal tribute to the deceased

Family may use a memorial card to express a personal message in regard to the deceased, perhaps writing that their “laughter and love of life will be missed” as one example.

6. A thank you message

Memorial cards are often used as a way to thank those involved in the funeral, including pallbearers, religious leaders, musicians, florists, readers, ushers, attendees or caterers. Sometimes the memorial card may also include the place of worship or venue where the funeral was held.

7. Further instructions for the day

The memorial card may also provide instructions on where to go for the burial or for a more informal gathering afterwards.

Taking the time to write, design and print a memorial card for a funeral is an important task. Memorial cards are often a lasting keepsake retained by family and friends.

With so much to consider, it might be a good idea to seek help in designing and printing your memorial card along with other items required for the funeral, such as order of service booklets. Please get in touch with us today to find out more about our card options.

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