Welcome to Free Funeral Stationery!
The Victorians fetishised mourning, amassing a sombre array of customs and conventions (mourning clothes, elaborate funerals, black-edged stationery and so on) that - in a time of high mortality, especially amongst children - helped them get through frequent bereavements.
Today, we have dispensed with many of these trappings, aiming instead at an open, tolerant approach to the procedures surrounding death, allowing people to devise their own ways of mourning and memorialising their loved ones.
The Order of Service lists the various stages of the service. Care and attention should be made when choosing the style and content. Here are some guidelines:
- The standard size is A5 and is usually simple cream or white folded card.
- On the front cover is the names of the deceased, their dates of birth and death, the date and time of the service and the location (i.e. name of the church or crematorium).
- It is popular to also feature a photograph of the deceased on the front. A more traditional option is a simple cross.
- The inside content include titles of music, hymns and readings, and often the composer or author. Readers' names should accompany the text/title of their readings.
- It may be advisable to include the full text of hymns and prayers; this dispenses with the need for hymn and prayer books.*
- A poem or saying can be included on either the inside front cover or inside back cover. This isn't read out; it is just something for the congregation to read.
- It is customary to acknowledge the minister and/or registrar by name, and to credit the organist, choir or musicians.
- Some families also choose to include details of any reception after the service, as well as the details of the charity that is the recipient of any donations.
* N.B. Hymns are subject to copyright, and it is illegal to reproduce the words without permission until years after the author or composer's death. Permission must be gained for recent works; most hymns, however, were written so long ago that they can be reproduced.