Don’t you just envy the funeral director getting all those credits (and cash!) at your late aunt’s funeral? The family is so caught up in grief they’d readily hand out any amount asked by those planning the funeral. Well if you’re smart enough or was simply clear headed after all the tears have dried, why don’t you do the program yourself?
Creating your own funeral program is not as complex as we’ve preconceived it to be. First, look for the most recent picture of your loved one. Or, choose the picture which you think he’ll personally want to be shown on his obituary had he been given the chance to choose. If there’s still time and you feel like doing it, you can edit the background using Adobe Photoshop. What used to be a plain white background you can turn into the Great Outback.
Use the Microsoft Word or any processor convenient for you and insert the picture on the first page. Search the net for other words of the same import as, ‘In Memory of (Name of the departed)’. Save this as a separate file. The cover is done! Now for the insides; this is the meat of the program card. The basics and the most important information are expected to be written on this page: the time and place of funeral ceremony, sometimes the color or motif as well.
You can be as creative as you like in designing the inside page. Put on some background picture of a hobby your beloved loved doing or a place he loved. There’s usually a generous space available after putting on the basic information. This is the best way (and space!) for your creative ideas.On the back portion, choose a funeral poem or even a love poem to adorn the paper. Make it look elegant and solemn. To be consistent, use the same background design on the insides or of that on the front cover. At other times, funeral program directors or designers make the family compose a letter or a short message addressed to the beloved and put this at the back (instead of poems).
The latter is more appreciated by everyone receiving the program. It’s as if the hearts of the bereaved are poured onto the program itself. The program’s done! Print it en masse and have some family and friends hand them out. Who would want to miss the chance of grieving with the family with programs as personally done as this?