the unique person who has died:
• Publish the Obituary Notice in the
• Presentation of the coffin can be
with photographs, a special book, personal belongings,
e.g. medals, hat, pipe, rosary beads, etc.. A flag may
be draped over the coffin. Flowers or the placing of
by family members
• Flowers and plants are a way of decorating
the location of the service. These are displays of sympathy
and support by family and friends
• Type of service: religious or secular
• Eulogy and Readings: ask family members
and friends (who are comfortable with public speaking)
to give a fitting tribute or eulogy (suggest 2 - 5 minutes
each). It is important to check with the Minister regarding
the appropriate length of time, number of speakers and
where it should be said in the service.
• Organise funeral music: with the singer or
the minister, as they are familiar with the funeral
service. It is important to discuss the songs with the
Minister as some are not in favour of certain songs
hymns being played or sung during their service
• If a significant family member or
friend is unable to attend it is helpful to record the
service on video or audio tape
• Delegate the role of making payments
on the day for sevices, e.g. Minister, Musician, etc.
• Suggestions for preparing the Service
Booklet (guide only):
Ideally a photo
of the deceased, their name, with their birth date and
the date they were born into eternal life. The location
of the funeral service and the funeral date.
of the Booklet - depends on the type of service
for Catholic Funeral Mass)
Name of the Entrance Hymn
of the Coffin
Eulogy can either
be delivered before the First Reading or after Communion
Responsorial Psalm (state whether it is 'to
Alleluia Verse (state
whether it is 'to be sung')
of the Faithful
Offertory (list the hymn)
(list the hymns ‘to be sung’)
Eulogy (if not already
Prayer Of Commendation
Inside Back Cover
It is nice
to acknowledge those involved with the funeral tribute,
i.e. the speakers, the minister, the singer, etc..
Invitation to the final resting place,
e.g. We warmly invite you to accompany the ‘deceased'
to their final resting place.
Invitation for funeral
afters - reception, including the address, phone number
and perhaps directions.
Organise the location for funeral afters
- reception. Some cultures like to celebrate the person's
life by having music at the afters. Eileen is also available
to sing at the wake if this is the case.