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Funeral stationery is an important part of the funeral or memorial service and covers a wide range of items, including the announcement of death, invitations, service program, guest book, thank you cards and more options. You can make the stationery as simple or as formal as you would like, and there are many beautiful design options from which to choose.
Whether you prefer to order through a funeral home, design them yourself, or customize existing designs online, this quick guide aims to give you a helpful introduction to the different types of funeral stationery you may want to have, as well as give you some useful resources of where to look to help get you started.
What is Funeral Stationery?
When you think of funeral stationery, the program (or order of service) is likely what comes to mind as there is almost always some kind of program or booklet handed out at a service to inform guests about the service and allow them to follow along. These programs are often kept as mementos of the person who has passed away.
Additional items that might accompany the service are:
- Memorial/Register Books – More than just a funeral guestbook, a memorial book can commemorate your loved one’s life by prompting guests to write down memories, stories, and messages they wish to share.
- Thank you/Acknowledgement Cards – Used to express a family’s gratitude for those who have attended the service or sent sympathy gifts.
- Sympathy Cards – These cards are used by those who are not immediate family to express their sympathies and condolences to the family of the deceased. To learn more about what to write in a sympathy card read “What to Say in a Sympathy Card“.
- Memorial/Prayer Cards – A card that bears a poem or scripture along with the deceased’s name, their picture and any related information you wish to include.
- Bookmarks – These are tangible and practical items to help you remember your loved one.
- Memorial or Funeral Announcements – Cards sent announcing the passing of your loved one and displaying relevant service information for guests.
- Memorial Posters – A larger visual placed on a standing easel to be displayed at a service. It usually includes a photo, or a collage, as well as the name, birth date and day of the passing of your loved one.
- Seed Paper – Stationery with seeds implanted in the paper, so that you can send a note of sympathy or thanks and the recipient can plant the note and watch beautiful flowers grow.
- Evites – Evites are a way of sending customized emails. Evites are a convenient way of getting the word out quickly, especially if friends and family live in different parts of the country or world. Evite design options are endless, and fully customizable.
This list is meant to help you get started. There is no limit in terms of what you can create and include to perfectly commemorate your loved one.
Where Do I Begin?
If you will be working with a funeral home, they will likely have several stationery packages from which to choose from, and they will help you design, create and then print the stationery in-house.
If you choose not to work with a funeral home (which could save you a lot of money) and would like to create your own, you may want to browse some online options. You can create beautiful announcements, invitations, bookmarks, and sympathy cards online which can be ordered and shipped to you or sent electronically for free, saving you time and money.