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If you’re in charge of planning and arranging a funeral, you might need to create a funeral program or pamphlet. A funeral program is an important part of the service, and it helps memorialize your loved one. Many people hold onto funeral pamphlets, adding them to scrapbooks or photo albums to look back on years later.

Jump ahead to these sections:

  • What Should Be Included in a Funeral Program?
  • How to Make a Funeral Program on Word
  • How to Make a Funeral Program on Google Docs

Designing and creating a funeral pamphlet or program can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Often, the funeral director at your funeral home will offer funeral program services. You can simply choose the photos and information you want to add to the program, and the funeral home will publish the pamphlets for you.

But if you want to get more involved and create your own funeral programs, or if you’re wondering what kind of information you should include, we’ll walk you through the process below.

What Should Be Included in a Funeral Program?

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A funeral or memorial service program is a piece of paper or a small booklet that you distribute to funeral attendees. But it’s also so much more.

A program helps funeral attendees understand the tone of the service. More importantly, it helps them hold an image of your departed loved one in their mind throughout the funeral. And that’s why the information you include in a funeral program is so important.

So what should you add to a funeral program?

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Standard information

The typical information that’s almost always included in a funeral pamphlet or program includes:

  • Photo of the deceased.
  • Deceased’s full name, including maiden name if applicable.
  • Birthdate and death date.
  • Time, date, and location of the funeral and burial.
  • Names of surviving family members.
  • Names of the pallbearers.
  • Full name of the officiant.
  • Full name of the person or people delivering eulogies.
  • Titles of the songs being played and the artists’ names.
  • Titles and authors of any readings or poems.

Optional information

Once you’ve added the key bits of the information listed above, you might also want to include some of the optional items below. Keep in mind that the more information you add, the larger your pamphlet will be. And that means you could incur additional printing fees if you go with a professional printing service.

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  • Full order of the service.
  • Additional photos of the deceased, showing them at various times in life, with friends, family members, and pets.
  • Brief biography of the deceased or an obituary.
  • Anecdotes or memories of the deceased.
  • Messages of gratitude from the family members to the funeral attendees.
  • Time, date, and location of the reception.

How to Make a Funeral Program on Word

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If you’re creating your own funeral program design, Microsoft Word might be the only software tool you need. And most people are already fairly familiar with how Word works.

You can either create the program completely using Word, or you can make a mock-up to give to your funeral director. From there, the funeral home can create a pamphlet that matches your vision.

If you completely create a program in Word, you can print it at home or take it to a professional printer for a more polished look.

Whether you choose to DIY the whole thing or only part, here's how you can make a funeral program using Word:

  1. Choose a Word-compatible template.
  2. Download and open your template in Word.
  3. Replace the photo or photos.
  4. Replace the preset text.
  5. Save your file and print a preview copy.
  6. Print your programs.

Step 1: Choose a Word-compatible template

You don’t have to create your funeral program completely from scratch. Most people use a template, which gives you the overall design and layout of the program ready-made. All you have to do is enter your specific information by clicking to edit photos and text boxes. There are two ways to find a template for your funeral pamphlet:

Word’s built-in templates. If you have Microsoft Word, you already have access to numerous templates that can work for a funeral program. All you need to do is open Word, click “File,” and then click “New.”

In the screen that comes up, you’ll see a bunch of template options down towards the bottom. You’ll also see a search bar above those templates. In the search bar, search “Brochure,” or “Program.” Then, simply choose the template you like best.

Funeral program templates online. Most funeral programs and pamphlets have a similar design, so multiple sites have created easy-to-use templates.

You can download these templates and open them in Microsoft Word, where you can then edit them as much as you want.

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P.S. Cake also offers our very own funeral program template for Word, completely free of cost.

Step 2: Download and open your template in Word

Once you download the template, open the file in MS Word. You might need to unzip a folder to access the template, or you might find a Word file in your “Downloads” folder. Your template should appear in MS Word as you saw it displayed online, but it should now be editable.

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Step 3: Replace the photo or photos

Depending on the template, there may be one photo or more that are stand-ins for photos of your loved ones. You’ll need to make sure the photos you want to use are on your computer, and then you can insert them into the Document. You can also rescale and crop photos to better fit the template by right-clicking on the photo.

Step 4: Replace the preset text

The next step in personalizing the funeral pamphlet is replacing the filler text. Most templates have text boxes that are labeled based on the information you’re supposed to fill in.

For example, you’ll usually see a text box labeled “First Name, Last Name” or something similar, where you should insert your loved one’s name. You can look at these text boxes before you start editing the program to get an idea of what kind of information you need to gather and write down.

Step 5: Save your file and print a preview copy

Next, save your Word Document in two ways. First, save the program as a Word Document, as it is now. Next, click “Save as” and save the pamphlet as a PDF file. This allows you to get a better idea of what your finalized and finished program will look like.

It’s a good idea, at this point, to print the PDF copy of your program if you have access to a printer. Print just one copy of the file, in color, and in full. This will allow you to make sure the layout works and looks like what you had in mind.

Step 6: Print your programs

Finally, you can print your funeral programs at home, or you can send your file to a professional printing service. Whether or not you use a professional service will likely depend on how many funeral attendees you expect. It also depends on the type of paper you want your programs printed on.

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You may be able to send your PDF file to a professional printer remotely, or you might need to bring it into the print shop on a USB drive. You might also be able to give your funeral program file to your funeral home and have them create the finished product for you.

How to Make a Funeral Program on Google Docs

Using Google Docs to create a funeral program or pamphlet has several unique benefits.

First, your pamphlet is saved automatically, as long as you have a connection to the Internet. While Word also has this feature, you have to have OneDrive enabled on your computer to use it. With Google Drive, you just need an Internet browser and a Google login.

Second, Google Docs lets you collaborate on documents with family and friends in real-time. You can see the changes they make, as they make them, and make comments back and forth. That means that you and your family can create a funeral program or pamphlet by putting your minds and skills together using Google Docs.

If you choose Google Docs as your software for creating a funeral pamphlet, here’s an easy, step-by-step guide.

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Step 1: Upload a Google Docs-compatible template

Just as if you were creating a funeral program using MS Word, you’ll need to find a template that’s compatible with Google Docs. You can find Google Docs-compatible templates on many of the same sites you would find a Word-compatible template for a funeral program.

With Google Docs, however, you’ll need to take the additional step of uploading the pamphlet file to Google Docs so that you can edit the program.

P.S. Cake also offers our very own funeral program template for Google Docs, completely free of cost.

Step 2: Follow Steps 3 and 4 above

Next, edit the placeholder text and photos just as described above. Depending on the template you use, you might need to resize the text and the photos to create the look you want and make sure everything fits.

Step 3: Share your Doc with collaborators

One of the benefits of Google Docs is that you can easily collaborate with friends and family members. Just email them the link to the Doc (and ensure everyone with the link has the permission to edit the file). Then, they can make or suggest changes and comment on the file about what they would add or take away.

You can also share the Google Docs link with a professional printer or your funeral director to have the program printed.

Step 5: Save the Doc to your computer

Next, save the Google Doc as a Word file or as a PDF to your computer. You can also save it to a USB drive if you plan on taking it to a professional print studio. Open up the file after you download it to make sure the formatting was retained.

Step 6: Print your programs

Finally, print the programs yourself or take your file in to be professionally printed.

More Options for Funeral Programs and Pamphlets

Microsoft Word and Google Docs are two of the most popular programs for creating printed documents, like funeral pamphlets. But if neither option feels right to you, you have other options. You can leave the task up to your funeral home director, as mentioned above, or you can use one of many template and publishing sites and software programs.

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And if you find that there’s more information you want to add than what can fit in a small funeral program, consider creating an online memorial site. An online memorial site is like an extended version of a funeral pamphlet in many ways.

But it’s also a place where guests can interact and share memories about the departed. You can direct your funeral attendees to the memorial site by including the web address in the funeral pamphlet.

And if you’re hosting a virtual funeral, you can create a virtual funeral program to match.

FAQs

Does Google Docs have a funeral program template? ›

The Funeral Program Templates website supplies this collection of ready-made funeral service brochure themes which are formatted front as well as back on one sheet of paper. Including web pages to this layout is not suggested. If you require even more area, the bigger sizes are suggested.

What program can I use to create a funeral program? ›

Using a funeral program template from Adobe Express, you can organize a fitting farewell to that special person in your life. Save time, reduce stress, and create something memorable with the ease of Adobe Express on your side.

How do you make a funeral card on Microsoft Word? ›

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How do you make a funeral program on pages? ›

How to Make a Funeral Brochure in Apple Pages
  1. Begin By Utilizing Apple Pages.
  2. Place a Picture of the Deceased.
  3. Provide Information the Readers Will Want to Know About Him/Her.
  4. Acknowledge His/Her Achievements.
  5. Point Out Details on the Service. Get access to ALL Templates, Designs & Documents. Limited Time Offer. Download Now. ×

How do I make a program for an event on Google Docs? ›

How to Create a Program in Google Docs?
  1. Determine the Event. Knowing what event to organize and conduct is the first step in producing a relevant program. ...
  2. Use a Program Template. Select a program template from our site to edit. ...
  3. Develop the Layout. ...
  4. Write the Schedule.

Does Microsoft Word have an obituary template? ›

To do that, type “obituary templates” in the MS Word search bar and look at the options that pop up. Once you find one, simply click on the template and it will download onto your computer. If you only need words, then you can search for a word-only obituary template and format it to your own preference.

What is the standard size for a funeral program? ›

Funeral order-of-service pamphlets and obituary programs are printed on 8.5 x 11 inch high quality paper and then folded. When delivered, these printed memorial pamphlets measure 8.5 x 5.5 inches.

What goes on the back of a funeral program? ›

Acknowledgements or thank you notes are often included on the back of the program to thank the guests who attended or who gave special gifts, thoughts or prayers.

How do I write a free obituary template? ›

Basic Fill in the Blank Obituary Template
  1. Name of the deceased.
  2. Age.
  3. Date of death.
  4. Location of death (city, state)
  5. Names of surviving immediate family (such as her husband, John and two daughters, Carol and Elizabeth)
  6. Location of funeral services.
  7. Date and time of funeral services.
  8. Organization to receive memorial donations.

How do you create a program in Word? ›

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How do I make a booklet using Word? ›

Create a booklet using a template

Go to File > New. Type booklet in the search box and select the search icon. When you find the template you want to use, select it and choose Create. Click File > Save a copy to save your booklet.

How can I make a funeral program for free? ›

How to Make a Funeral Program on Word
  1. Choose a Word-compatible template.
  2. Download and open your template in Word.
  3. Replace the photo or photos.
  4. Replace the preset text.
  5. Save your file and print a preview copy.
  6. Print your programs.
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How do you make a funeral program in InDesign? ›

How to Make a Funeral Brochure in Adobe InDesign
  1. Familiarize With the Program.
  2. Create a Rough Draft of the Layout.
  3. Printing a Picture of the Deceased.
  4. Provide Information About the Deceased.
  5. Provide Their Achievements in Life.
  6. Add Details About the Service. Get access to ALL Templates, Designs & Documents. Limited Time Offer.

What kind of paper is used for obituaries? ›

Heavier and thicker paper will make the funeral program look more splendid and feel more formal. Try using 22 or 24-pound paper instead of ordinary copier paper. Meanwhile, 28 to 32-pound paper may be a better choice for you – it is crisp and professional and will look as classy as it will be touching.

How do you make a program for an event? ›

Here are some key elements you should consider including when designing your event program:
  1. Event name, location, and date.
  2. Branding assets, such as logos, slogans, social media, and website links.
  3. Event schedule for the day.
  4. A map of the venue.
  5. FAQs to answer common questions.

How do I make a program booklet in Google Docs? ›

How to Make a Booklet in Google Docs
  1. Log in to Google Docs with your normal Google account and create a new doc by clicking on a blank document.
  2. Go to File > Page Setup.
  3. Set your size and orientation.
  4. Add 3mm Margins to your document as a safety zone to work within.
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How can I make a program? ›

How do I go about writing a program?
  1. Define what the program should do. ...
  2. Visualize the program running on the computer. ...
  3. Use design tools to create a model of the program. ...
  4. Check the model for logical errors. ...
  5. Write the program source code. ...
  6. Compile the source code. ...
  7. Correct any errors found during compilation.

How do I create an online obituary? ›

How to Submit an Obituary Online
  1. Popular free online obituary websites.
  2. Step 1: Search free online resources to publish an obituary.
  3. Step 2: Ask the local funeral home, mortuary, or crematorium about free online obituary services.
  4. Step 3: Sign up for a free service.
  5. Step 4: Clarify requirements and process for posting.
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How do you write a creative obituary? ›

How to Write an Obituary That Is Creative and Memorable
  1. Ask questions & collaborate with the family. ...
  2. Add some emotion. ...
  3. Experiment with humor. ...
  4. Give friends and family members an easy way to share the obituary. ...
  5. Make the obituary easy to find on your website. ...
  6. Encourage visitors to post memories and messages. ...
  7. Incorporate videos.
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What is the paper called that you get at a funeral? ›

Sometimes called an order of service, the funeral program is a simple brochure or pamphlet that you hand out to guests. This document outlines the process of the service (what will happen) and sometimes includes a brief overview of the life milestones and achievements of the deceased.

How do you make a program for a celebration of life? ›

A program typically includes a brief biography of the deceased before an itinerary of events. The program communicates who will deliver a eulogy, perform readings, or sing a hymn, and the order of events. Programs may also include words to hymns so that guests can sing along.

How do you print a funeral pamphlet? ›

To print the funeral program, you can use an online service, a local printing service or print it yourself. Online service often also includes funeral program design. Or, you may send them the file, and they will send you the printed programs.

What is the card called at a funeral? ›

Memorial Cards

Memorial cards are often used as a meaningful keepsake distributed at funeral or memorial services. They include basic information about the person who has died and you can easily slip one into a book or wallet.

What is the speech given at a funeral called? ›

A eulogy is a speech given at a memorial service in memory of a person who has died. The purpose is to recall the defining qualities and highlights of a life lived in a way that benefits the audience, particularly the family. It should capture the essence of the life lived.

What's the difference between eulogy and obituary? ›

Obituaries are generally no longer than a paragraph or two. A eulogy, on the other hand, is a written speech that is delivered at a funeral service.

How do I write a basic obituary template? ›

A standard obituary format begins with the following information about the deceased:
  1. Full name, including first, middle, maiden, and last names, and suffixes, such as Jr. or Sr.
  2. Age at the time of death.
  3. City and state of most current residence.
  4. Time and place of death.
  5. Cause of death (optional)

How many words does the average obituary have? ›

The average length of an obituary is approximately 200 words, but some publications may accept obituaries as long as 450 words or as short as 50 words.

How do you write a short obituary example? ›

Use your words, but include the following so others receive appropriate information:
  1. Name of deceased.
  2. Age at time of death.
  3. Birth and death dates.
  4. Schooling or education.
  5. Accomplishments or biographical sketch.
  6. Immediate family members still living and deceased.
  7. Funeral arrangements, date, time and location.

Is there a program template in Word? ›

Program templates are preformatted for booklet use with front and back covers, as well as additional space on inside panels. Simply customize your event program templates in Microsoft Word and print on your favorite paper or card stock.

What can u not create from a Word document? ›

What can you NOT create from a Word document?
  • a Word macro-enabled document.
  • a plain text file.
  • a multipage website.
  • a Word 2003 XML document.
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Can you program a Word document? ›

Program Word documents by using host items host controls

Host items and host controls are classes that provide the programming model for document-level customizations. Host items provide an entry point for your code, and they can also act as containers for host controls and Windows Forms controls.

Can I make a booklet in Google Docs? ›

That's right. You can use a Google Doc to create a custom template for your book. Besides being a useful writing platform, Google Docs has a template to structure a book more easily. On top of that, it enables users to create a brochure or a booklet.

Can you make your own order of service? ›

Make Your Own Order of Service

It doesn't have to be so complicated. Once you have an idea of what to include, it's much easier to produce than you might think. To help you along with creating your order of service, take a look at our handy tips on what exactly to include and how to make your design look its very best…

What should an order of service look like? ›

Blessings/Prayers - guests join a specific speaker in prayer. Eulogy - a loved one gives a speech about the person who's died. Committal - guests say their goodbyes to the person who's died, before they reach their final resting place. Closing music - hymns (or other music) play as guests leave the venue.

What song is most played at funerals? ›

'My Way' is the song most likely to be played at a funeral according to SunLife's 2021 Cost of Dying report with one in every 25 funerals playing Frank Sinatra's 1969 hit.

How do you write a funeral program template? ›

How to Make a Program for a Funeral Service
  1. Deceased person's full name including maiden name.
  2. Dates of birth and death.
  3. Time, place and date of funeral and burial.
  4. Surviving family members.
  5. Pallbearers.
  6. Officiant.
  7. Full name of the person delivering the eulogy.
  8. Titles and artists of songs being played or sung.

How do you make an order of service booklet? ›

Generally, the order of service booklets consist of eight pages, and the type of information you include would be:
  1. details about the person or couple.
  2. a timeline of the day.
  3. a listing of close family members.
  4. details of location for the wedding reception or funeral wake.
  5. complete words for any hymns, readings or poems.

Is there an app to make obituaries? ›

Once you download The Obituary App, connect your Facebook contacts, phone contacts, and select as many cities as you want. You may choose whether to be notified automatically of any new obituary posted that fits your personal criteria.

What size paper are funeral programs printed on? ›

If printing at home, first check the paper size

If you have a Letter size program, use 8.5 x 11 inch paper. For a high-quality finish, a thicker 28 lb paper is recommended, especially when printing double-sided programs.

What is the best printer for obituaries? ›

A laser printer produces crisp, clean documents because the toner fuses to the paper, just like a copier. The average black and white laser printer can be purchased for less than one hundred dollars, but you'll want to be able to print in color if you're planning to use photographs and clipart in your designs.

What paper do you use for programs? ›

What Type Of Paper Is Best To Use For Funeral Programs - YouTube

How do I download a template from Google Docs? ›

On your computer, go to Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Forms. At the top right , click Template Gallery. Click the template you want to use. A copy of the template opens.

What is the standard size for a funeral program? ›

Funeral order-of-service pamphlets and obituary programs are printed on 8.5 x 11 inch high quality paper and then folded. When delivered, these printed memorial pamphlets measure 8.5 x 5.5 inches.

How do you make a booklet on Google Docs? ›

How to Make a Booklet in Google Docs
  1. Log in to Google Docs with your normal Google account and create a new doc by clicking on a blank document.
  2. Go to File > Page Setup.
  3. Set your size and orientation.
  4. Add 3mm Margins to your document as a safety zone to work within.
Jan 2, 2019

Is Google Docs completely free? ›

Google Docs, a web-based word processor that Google offers as part of its office suite–Google Drive – is free and available for use. It competes with Microsoft Office. Other services included in the cloud-based suite include Sheets (Excel), and Slides (Powerpoint).

How can I create a template in Word? ›

Open the Word document that you want to save as a template. On the File menu, click Save as Template. In the Save As box, type the name that you want to use for the new template. (Optional) In the Where box, choose a location where the template will be saved.

Where can I get free templates for Google Sheets? ›

TheGoodocs - Free Google Doc Templates. A large number of Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Sheets templates to boost your business. A large number of Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Sheets templates to boost your business. Open and Edit thousands of flawless templates from professional designers.

How can I make a funeral program for free? ›

How to Make a Funeral Program on Word
  1. Choose a Word-compatible template.
  2. Download and open your template in Word.
  3. Replace the photo or photos.
  4. Replace the preset text.
  5. Save your file and print a preview copy.
  6. Print your programs.
Oct 21, 2022

What kind of paper is used for funeral programs? ›

Heavier and thicker paper will make the funeral program look more splendid and feel more formal. Try using 22 or 24-pound paper instead of ordinary copier paper. Meanwhile, 28 to 32-pound paper may be a better choice for you – it is crisp and professional and will look as classy as it will be touching.

What is the paper called that you get at a funeral? ›

Sometimes called an order of service, the funeral program is a simple brochure or pamphlet that you hand out to guests. This document outlines the process of the service (what will happen) and sometimes includes a brief overview of the life milestones and achievements of the deceased.

Does Google Docs have a book template? ›

Besides being a useful writing platform, Google Docs has a template to structure a book more easily. On top of that, it enables users to create a brochure or a booklet. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps of using the book template Google Docs function.

Does Google have a pamphlet template? ›

1. Go to https://docs.google.com/ and sign in. 2. Click Gallery template and select a Brochure template.

How do you create a folded brochure on Google Docs? ›

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