Sample Funeral Program Layout
Once you have decided on a format for your funeral program it's time to plan the layout.
Most programs display a photo of the deceased somewhere on the cover. In the case of a non-booklet program, there are two basic routes to go. One method is to use the person's photograph as the background with the text or lettering on top of it. While this can be a powerful and artistic layout, it introduces the added difficulty of ensuring that the placement of various text or numbers do not occur in such a way that make the picture look bad or comical in some manner. The less text used over the picture, the better.
The most basic sample funeral program layout has the name of the person, dates of life, and the place and time of the service on the cover. An additional quote can be included as well. The back or inside of the program is used for additional information. For booklet formats, the left page is a good place to include an itenerary or order of events that are to occur, especially for longer or more formal funerals. The bottom of the order of service should contain information about any reception or subsequent event that occurs following the funeral.
The right page is a nice place for a funeral poem or other quote or message to the mourners.
For booklet style funeral programs, the back is generally left mostly blank, however, consider this location for a simple "goodbye". Some of the best good-byes are those that can be read in such a way as to apply to both the deceased and those who attended the funeral. A simple, "Until we meet again," is a nice touch and can mean whatever the reader would want it to mean.