Writing a Funeral Order of Service: A Step-by-Step Guide

Written by Fraser Stewart
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A Order of Service for a funeral is a booklet that outlines the events that will take place during a funeral or memorial service. It can also be called a funeral program, service bulletin, or memorial service booklet. 

What does an Order of Service include?

The Order of Service usually includes the following information:

  1. Names of the deceased and the person officiating the service
  2. Date and time of the service
  3. Location of the service
  4. Names of pallbearers, if applicable
  5. Obituary or biographical information about the deceased
  6. Order of events during the service, including any readings, music, or other performances
  7. Any special instructions for the service, such as a dress code or request for donations
  8. A thank you note from the family of the deceased

The Order of Service is typically handed out to attendees as they arrive at the service. It can also be shared with attendees via email or a funeral invitation.

What is an Order of Service for?

An Order of service is needed because it helps to organise and structure the funeral or memorial service. It provides a clear outline of the events that will take place and allows attendees follow along and know what to expect. It can also serve as a keepsake for attendees, as it often includes biographical information about the deceased and other memories or tributes.

An Order of Service can also be helpful for the family of the deceased and the person officiating the service, as it allows them to plan and prepare for the service in advance. It helps ensure that everything runs smoothly and that all necessary service elements are included.

Who creates the Order of Service?

The deceased's family typically writes the order of service in consultation with the person officiating the service and any other individuals or organisations involved in the service. The funeral home or memorial service provider may also create the Order of Service.

The deceased's family has the final say in what is included in the order of service, as they may have specific requests or preferences for the service. They may include personal touches, such as photographs or favourite quotes, or they may opt for a more traditional service.

It is important to consider the preferences of the deceased when creating the Order of Service, as well as the preferences of the attendees. The service order should be a meaningful and respectful tribute to the deceased and provide comfort and closure for their loved ones.

What do I need to consider when creating an Order of Service?

When writing an Order of Service, there are a few things you may want to consider:

  1. The preferences of the deceased: Think about what the deceased would have wanted for their funeral or memorial service. Did they express any specific preferences or requests?
  2. The preferences of the attendees: Consider the preferences of the attendees when deciding on the format and content of the service. Will the service be formal or informal? Will it be religious or secular?
  3. The length of the service: Determine how long the service will be and plan the order of events accordingly. Consider including time for music, readings, or other performances.
  4. The location of the service: If the service is held at a church or other religious venue, you will need to consider any specific guidelines or requirements for the service.
  5. Special instructions: Consider any special instructions or requests you have for the service, such as a dress code or request for donations.
  6. Obituary or biographical information: You may want to include an obituary or biographical information about the deceased in the order of service.
  7. Thank you note: You may want to include a thank you note in the order of service to express your appreciation to attendees for their support and presence at the service.

It is a good idea to start planning the order of service as soon as possible, as this will allow you to make any necessary arrangements and ensure that everything runs smoothly.

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