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How can you use a sample funeral program to design your own program?

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To design a funeral program, choose a sample program or template that is appropriate for your deceased loved one. Identify the key components of the funeral program, such as personal information about the deceased, pictures and the individual delivering the eulogy, as well as special prayers, poems or readings.

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Many funeral homes and grief support websites offer free templates for creating funeral programs. Determine how many pages the program should be and how you are going to fold it to ensure the layout is correct. Choose a font that is easy to read. Select paper that is durable and an appropriate color, such as white, cream, gray or a muted color. Be careful not to include sensitive information that could be exploited by scammers or identity thieves, such as the exact birth date or address of the deceased.

If the deceased is having a religious funeral, use a religious program as your model. If the congregation should participate in prayers or hymns, include them in the program. Consult with the celebrant, eulogist and people close to the deceased to select the best songs, quotes or poems.

Friends and family members often take the funeral program home as a keepsake. Therefore, the program should be a tribute to the deceased, as well as a summary of the ceremony's components. If you are including photos, the primary picture should show the deceased with a healthy, happy or calm expression. Before printing the program, ask several people to proofread it for spelling, correct information and overall style.

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