A Funeral Service Outline

Mar 20th 2018

If you haven't planned a memorial service ever in your entire life, y0u are probably at a loss of how to set one up in a funeral program. Below is a typical funeral service outline that can be held at a church facility or a funeral home room. There is no right or wrong way to do things within the program, it is entirely up to the family and anything is appropriate where they are concerned. So don't fret because we are here to help!

A traditional order of service program for a burial is as follows. Keep in mind that you can certainly modify to suit your individualized program. If it is a cremation, then you can remove the Viewing of Body item no. 3 unless, you will be having a viewing prior to cremation. The title that precedes the outline can be Order of Service, A Celebration of (name)'s Life, or In (name)'s Memory. Any of these are considered to be good choices.

It is customary to put the person who is going to be sharing the specific item in the outline to the right of what it is they will be doing. You can even indicate where they are from or their relationship to the deceased underneath their name.

Example of A Funeral Service Outline(for a traditional ceremony)

  1. Musical Prelude
  2. Processional
  3. Viewing of Body
  4. Closing and Sealing of Casket
  5. Musical Selection
  6. Prayer
  7. Scripture
  8. Old Testament
  9. New Testament
  10. Selection
  11. Special Tribute
  12. Hymn
  13. Reflections (2 Minutes Please)
  14. Obituary
  15. Eulogy
  16. Recessional

The interment can be written beneath this order if desired or you can place it on the very back of the program. Remember, there is no right way or wrong thing to include. It is a matter of preference and this sample outline is simply one you can build upon or enhance.