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Funeral Booklet | Memorial Booklets

funeral-bookletThe funeral booklet is a printed document that outlines the key points in the funeral or memorial service and summarizes the life achievements of the deceased.  Funeral booklets come in different sizes, designs and layouts.  The most common booklet is the 8 1/2" x 11" paper, that folds down the middle (often called a single fold booklet).  The family of the deceased usually prepares the information for the funeral booklet.  The family may work with the funeral home or church to create the booklet, or they may use a company such as Elegant Memorials to download a customized funeral booklet template that can also serve as a keepsake.


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Information in a Funeral Booklet

Funeral and Memorial Booklets can come in a variety of sizes, designs and layouts.  They can be standard 8 1/2"x11" paper which folds in half, or larger sizes, such as 11"x17" or even smaller sizes like 5 1/2"x 4 1/2" cards.  These booklets can be one page, or multiple pages, depending on the amount of information that you want to include.  You can also choose a graduated or step fold funeral booklet, which has an offset fold that reveals a colored panel.  For more information about funeral booklet layouts, see our article on funeral programs.

The Cover

The cover of the funeral booklet may have a picture of the deceased, as well as their name, date of birth, date of death, location and time of service, and a title or caption, such as In Loving Memory".

Order of Service

This is the part of the funeral program or memorial booklet that outlines the events for the service.  The order of service can be religious or secular and typically includes a musical prelude, funeral prayers, funeral poems, funeral songs, funeral readings, an obituary reading, and a eulogy. See our article on Writing a Funeral Booklet Order of Service for more information.

Obituary or Funeral Tribute

 The Obituary details the biographical highlights of the deceased person's life.  The obituary typically contains information including the birth date, places of residence and information about family members.  Other information such as hobbies, and personal stories may also be included.  For more details on obituaries, see  "How to Write an Obituary", Sample Obituaries.

Poems, Readings

Funeral Booklets may also include various funeral and memorial poems, scripture readings, quotes song lyrics and event special notes about your loved one


Photos an turn your funeral booklet into a treasured keepsake.  Funeral boolket photo collages and special clipart can make you give your booklet a unique and personalized feel to it.

Booklets may include a memorial poems, favorite songs or prayers.  Sometimes additional photos of the deceased or their family members may be included for a more personalized touch.

Listings of Pall or Flower Bearers and Acknowledgements

Booklets may also include listing of pall bearers (men that carry the casket), flower bearers (women traditionally carry flowers and place them on the alter) or special acknowledgements or a short thank you note from the family.


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