A memorial card is a small card, usually the size of a credit card or bookmark; however, they can be any size and shape you choose. Some people have prayer cards, folded memorial cards or even funeral announcement cards that serve two purposes. Whatever style of card you decide on they are usually laminated to ensure that they last without getting damaged. If you choose to have a funeral announcement made up in this way, the fact that it is laminated will also signal to the person you have invited that this has been designed to be kept as a keepsake. There are a few ways you can get memorial cards made up, your funeral director will be able to have them produced for you, you can order them via specialist companies like Fitting Farewell, or you can make them yourself. If you do not have the time or technology to make cards that are a fitting tribute to your loved one, then it is best to find them online or get them made by the funeral director.
It is mainly up to the family to decide how much information goes on a memorial card, which of course can be double-sided. Typically there will be a poem or verse that has a connection to the deceased on one side and on the other a photograph and some personal information. Things that are often included will be their name, date of birth and death if they are buried where this will be so people can visit at a later date, and perhaps a message from the family. It really is up to you to decide what you feel comfortable with.
Once you are at the service, the funeral staff will lay the cards out along with the order of service, or you can request that they are given out at the door as people leave. You will find that some people choose to keep their order of service anyway whereas other people prefer just to have the memorial card.
Not at all, it is entirely down to the family to decide whether they would like to have memorial cards. If you do not feel comfortable with the idea, then you do not need to feel obliged. If you have globally scattered family and know that everyone will not be able to come back for the funeral, this could be a nice idea. In that case, you might just want to have enough made for those people. You could send them out after the ceremony along with the order of service so they can remember the person in their own way.
Fitting Farewell have created hundreds of memorial cards with many different themes. We work directly with families and also for funeral directors. We have the expertise and skills to create memorial cards you want for your loved one. We can create a bespoke design, print and deliver within 3 working days. You can work directly with a designer, not from online templates, to create something very special.
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