Funeral Order of Service

Inform funeral attendees about the service using our personalised order of service booklets. Printed onto quality materials, these booklets can be fully customised to suit your needs. Add photographs and tributes to create a lasting keepsake of your loved one. We have a range of designs available.

We recommend you include the names of the conductor, speakers, and readers. You can also add lyrics and prose that will be performed during the service. Remind mourners of your loved one by putting photographs and other lovely memories into the booklet, too.

Once you have placed an order, we will send a digital proof to show you how the stationery will look when it is printed. At this stage, you can make changes to the personalised content until you are completely happy with the stationery. Only once you're approved your proof will we pint anything. We will then carefully hand-pack and dispatch your order.

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Funeral Service Programs

What should be included in a funeral order of service?

The front cover usually features the deceased person's name, date of birth and date of death, and the funeral venue. Quotes can be added, along with photographs.

Inside, guide attendees through the ceremony you have planned, showing when each portion of the service will happen. This will depend on what you have personally planned for the day.

For example, in a traditional funeral service, you would begin with the entrance music, along with the officiant's name. You would then include the hymns, songs, and/or poems to be performed, along with their authors and the names of those performing them. Also, include the names of people delivering eulogies. Finally, the order of service would end with the committal, dismissal, blessing, and exit music.

On the back, you can include words of thanks to people who have helped and supported you, and to everyone who has attended. Find out more about what to include over on our blog.

How do you structure a funeral service?

The traditional service is structured as follows, though of course, you can make any adjustments that you feel are appropriate when planning a service yourself:

The Arrival - Attendees enter the venue. The coffin is carried into the building or taken to the place of burial. Entrance music may be played, if this is what you have decided.

Hymns - If you wish, you may invite the attendees to sing hymns next. This part can be omitted or replaced with something similar if you do not want hymns at the ceremony.

Eulogy - Eulogy speeches are delivered by family, friends, clergy/funeral conductors, or anyone else you deem appropriate.

Readings - People perform readings; this may be of poems, religious texts, books, or other such material.

Reflection - A moment of silence as attendees are invited to reflect on the life of the departed. At this time, some may want to leave flowers on the casket.

Conclusion - If you are having a religious ceremony, prayers may be said. Mourners will leave the venue. If you wish, music may be played during the exit.

How do you organise a funeral service?

When organising a funeral service, it is recommended to seek help from professional funeral directors. They specialise in dealing with all the logistical and legal aspects of arranging a funeral. They will also be able to guide you and offer their experienced advice.