What Should You Include In Your Funeral Order of Service?

Monday, March 20, 2023

When funeral planning for a loved one, it can be hard to know what to include in the order of service. However, this is an important part of the day and should be given careful consideration.

The funeral order of service is a keepsake that will be passed down through generations and cherished by family members. That's why it's important to create an order of service that honors your loved one.

Here is what you should include in your order of service.

Keep it Brief

When making a funeral order of service, you will want to keep it brief. This will not make it any less special, but too much information can be unnecessary and overwhelming.

Avoid too many photos or too many details about the deceased's life or family members' lives. Stick to including the name of the deceased, the funeral director, and the date, time, and location of the service.

If you're writing a poem or song, don’t make it too long or complicated to perform at the ceremony (and don’t forget to ask permission first!)

Include The Obituary

While the obituary is certainly important to include in your order of service, it's not the only thing you should include. You may want to consider incorporating some other information about the deceased and their family that could be of interest to readers, such as a photo of them or their children.

If possible, try to include a photo from throughout the person's life - this can help create a picture of who they were as a person and how they grew up over time.

Start With a Verse or Poem

When you're organizing your order of service, it's important to start with a verse or poem. Something like this can be read by a family member or friend and will help express how you feel about the deceased.

It can also be used as inspiration for other parts of your ceremony, such as music or readings.

Select Hymns and Readings Carefully

Select funeral hymns and funeral readings carefully. They should be appropriate to the occasion, personal to the deceased and their religious beliefs (if any), as well as fitting their cultural background.

For example, you could use a hymn or reading about death or dying if your loved one passed away very recently. You could also choose something that talks about peace, love, or life in general if they were not religious but had strong beliefs about these things.

Creating Your Order of Service

Those were the most efficient ways to create a memorable order of service. Overall, include only relevant details and select your verses, poems, hymns, and readings carefully.

If you are in need of a funeral planner, Pottstown Funeral Home & Crematory is here to help you during this difficult time.

Learn more about the services we offer on our website today or give us a call to see how we can help.

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