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How to design a Funeral Order of Service

Two Funeral Booklets

 

If you have found this page because someone close to you has died, we are sorry for your loss. We hope this guide may help you in planning and designing an order of service. A very helpful website is www.funeralguide.co.uk

 

Putting together a Funeral Order of Service is much more than just the order of the event. We'll take a look at what should the details that should be included, making it more personal, as well as the materials you should use.

Designing a Funeral Order of Service can be a difficult thing to do but it is also an opportunity to work together with close family and friends. Choosing images that best represent the person you are celebrating often leads to discussing memories and stories you may never have heard before. Talk about favourite poems, readings and hymns to find those that best express how you felt about the person.

 

It may not seem like a big thing in the midst of funeral planning, but the Funeral Order of Service is a unique keepsake. Often it is kept as a reminder of the day and for those who cannot attend, it is a connection to others who are mourning with them.

 

The Front Cover of a Funeral Order of Service

It is usually best to keep the front cover simple. Choose an image that focuses on the person being honoured and save group and family photos for the inner pages. Whilst funerals are almost always a sombre affair, the image you choose should reflect the person. When the booklet is picked up in years to come, the image should be one that evokes fond, happy memories.

The Details

  • Main photo
  • Full Name & Known/Nickname if different
  • Date of Funeral
  • Dates of Birth and Death
  • Location and Time
     

Outlining the Order of Events in a Funeral Order of Service

There are many different formats and the person leading the service will be able to guide you on the ceremony. Often you will be able to choose what to include and leave out but here is a general outline.

  • Entrance Music – Usually the name of the Music and the Artist or Composer.
  • Introduction – From the Minister/Celebrant or Lead Speaker.
  • Readings and Poems – Usually printed in full. This is for those who cannot attend, and is nice to have for memories.
  • Hymns – Printed in full so that everyone can join in.
  • Speakers – Usually named in order, close family and friends recalling memories and sharing stories.
  • Comittal and Blessings
  • Group Prayers if applicable.
  • Closing Music – Usually the name of the Music and the Artist or Composer.

 

 

The Back Page of a Funeral Order of Service

The final page usually includes an image, this is often a more playful or older image from when the person was younger.

Donations

You should put details of any preferred Charities for whom donations are being collected. This is often a Charity close to the heart or who may have cared for the person towards the end of their life.

Thank You

This is a perfect place to express your thanks to those who have attended and been involved in the service. As well as extending your wishes to those who are cannot attend, but are holding you in their thoughts.

The Wake

Details of the wake should be included on the back cover so that people know where they are expected to go, include the full address.

The Funeral Company

The Funeral company are often mentioned on the final page, although this is entirely at your discretion. It is a kind thing to do, especially if they have gone above what you expected of them.

 

 

Making a Funeral Order of Service Personal

Once you have included all the details you need for the ceremony you can look at making the booklet more personalised.

Images

Hopefully you will have a wide range of images. These could be arranged in a collage, utilising all available space and including shots from all ages and with many groups of people.

Timelines

Often we have been asked to help people display a timeline of their loved ones life. This often includes important dates with accompanying images. Birth, accomplishments, marriage, children etc.

Favourite Sayings, Verses or a Personal Note.

This is a lovely time to share the deceased's favourite sayings or even a short note from them to those whom they have left behind. You should include the things you want people to think of when remembering the person you are celebrating.

 

A Funeral Order of Service should be as unique as the person it is celebrating.

 

The Design of a Funeral Order of Service

Traditionally, Funeral Order of Services have been a single sheet of card folded in half to create 4 pages. Now that funerals have become much more bespoke and people have a much larger range of images they are more often 8 pages. Although, we often do booklets of over 20 pages depending on the type of funeral, religion and amount of content people wish to share.

The extra pages allow you to choose more images that represent a wider spectrum of the person's life and makes a wonderful keepsake.

Choosing a Style

It is best to choose a style and stick to it from the start. Think about the person you are creating it for and their style.

Traditional

Black plain or ornate borders on the cover, often with a religious symbol. Light, soft images of white flowers and softened edges on photos.

Modern

Bright colours, minimalist design, include things they loved such as flowers can be included

Team Colours

Many people follow football, rugby or cricket teams their entire lives and including their team colours can be a fitting tribute to their passion.


If you are struggling to make it look as polished as you would like, please get in touch and we can always help. From a a few tweaks to the full design.

 

The Print Options for a Funeral Order of Service

Choosing the Material for your Funeral Order of Service

There needs to be careful judgement here between lightweight paper which is most economical, or heavier paper and a card cover which will hugely increase the longevity and feels much higher quality.

Depending on the amount of pages we recommend:

4 Pages – 350gsm Card, in either Uncoated or Silk finish

8 Pages – 300gsm Card Cover and 150gsm Inners, in either Uncoated or Silk finish

16+ Pages – 250gsm Card Cover, 130gsm Inners, in either Uncoated or Silk finish

 

Black and White, or Colour?

There is no longer a large cost difference between black and white printing or colour printing unless you are printing a very large quantity. However the impact can be huge – especially with the beautiful, high resolution images now available.

Choosing Fonts

It is tempting to choose ornate, calligrapjhy style fonts when designing your Funeral Order of Service, however these can be very difficult to read. If you choose to use ornate fonts, use them sparingly – ideally just on the name on the front cover. The rest of the booklet should be in a clear easy to read font – ideally no smaller than 11 point.

Choosing Colours

Try to stick to a small colour palette, perhaps choose one accent colour from your main image and use alongside cream or grey. Too many bright colours can look garish if not designed with care.

 

Overview

It can be very difficult to stay organised and get everything done during a stressful time. Write a bullet point list and methodically work your way through. If you need other people to supply photo's or messages ask them as early as you can.

From a design perspective remember to:

Choose legible fonts for anything other than the name.

Keep the design simple and tidy so people focus on the photos.

Choose a photo for the front that focuses on the deceased and save group shots for the inner pages.

Ensure all info – dates, locations, contact numbers, have been double checked.

 

If you are finding it difficult please get in touch and we will look after the Funeral Order of Service for you. This can be done via phone, email or if you would like you can pop in to see us and feel the material yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ideas and Insight – Fundraising during Covid for Jewish Charities

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How has Jewish Charity fundraising changed in the wake of Covid19?

With 1 in 4 people subject to restrictions on movement events have been severely impacted, but Jewish Charities still need to raise awareness and funds.

Here's a look at other viable options while face-to-face Dinners and Events are off the table .
   

Virtually Unmissable Events

Taking your event Online.

Many events have moved online, Zoom, Google Hangouts and others have made this easier, although not without issues!

Over in Australia, Space ran a Virtual Charity Dinner for 300 guests and whilst social options are limited this is a great way of encouraging interaction.

We believe print can really raise Jewish Charities events by adding a tactile element to keep people focused.

How to elevate your event: 

Dinner Brochures – send out a smaller version of your standard Dinner brochure.

  • Sponsors are more likely to advertise in something physical that will be looked at again and again.

  • Holding something tactile will evoke the feelings of previous Dinners.

  • A well designed brochure adds an element of grandeur, even if people are sat on their sofa.

 

Pledge Cards

Personalised cards with suggested donation amounts and having a ready to use reply envelope will all dramatically increase the chance of a donation.

Online donations are increasing, but campaigns combining digital and print yield 25% higher responses than digital alone. (Source: McKinsey Development)

We can supply fully personalised pledge cards with matching addressed envelopes. We can even send them out directly for you.

 

“Fundraising appeals work best when there is a letter, a response form and a reply envelope. These three elements are essential to increased donations.” 
The Institute of Fundraising
 

Reasons to Use Print with Virtual Events

Jewish Charity Fundraising Stats

 

Here's two of the best Jewish Charities Fundraisers we've seen during Covid19

Gift Drive-In 2020             JW3 – Big Night In

 

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Social distancing affecting Jewish Charities, how can we help

The world is being thrown into chaos, countries have closed their borders, flights, holidays and travel has been disrupted, if not cancelled. For many Jewish Charities we work with this will be causing havoc, with Pesach being celebrated on the 8th April / 15th Nissan.

 

At City Printing Ltd, we understand the impact Corona Virus will have on Jewish Charities and Organisations and we are determined to help you through to more stable times. Whilst Dinners, Events and gatherings are being cancelled, we know that life must go on, and sorely needed funds must be raised. To do this, you must be able to publicise as effectively as possible.

 

We are more than happy to arrange video meetings, post out samples and brainstorm ideas or projects to help you find your way to success in these difficult times.

 

We have worked with clients over the last week whose events have been cancelled, giving them the best opportunity to raise funds. Creating new, personalised campaigns and posting these out with the beautiful brochures, appeals and marketing materials. Everything that would have been in pride of place at the event – these clients are seeing a huge return on their campaign.

 

From design and print, through to full mail fulfilment, we have you covered.

 

We wish you all the very best during this challenging time, we are very much all in this together and we will do our utmost to help in any way that we can.

 

Pop us an email to see if we can help Michael@cityprinting.co.uk