A service sheet is traditionally a page or booklet that displays the funeral service details and often the words of the songs, hymns or readings that make up the service.
Ideally, they will be designed to reflect the personality of the deceased person and share small insights into their life. Service sheets are often kept as a lasting memorial and come in many shapes and sizes.
The service sheet will almost always feature at least one photograph of the deceased person and this is usually on the front page, along with their full name, nickname (if appropriate) and their dates of birth and death.
There will be a number of decisions to make regarding the information you want to convey and the style you would prefer. Our funeral directors can help you to work through the choices available to you so that you end up with a service sheet that immediately brings your loved one to mind.
Choosing the Photos
When deciding what you want added to the service sheet, it’s wise to start with a favourite photo, preferably of a good size and quality so that it reproduces well. The photo you choose for the front page could be of your loved one when they were in their prime, or in their later years. You may also like to include a photo of them in their youth which can be placed elsewhere on the sheet. The service sheet works best with a few well-chosen photos which can be shown to good effect rather than trying to fit lots of photos into a small space.
The memorial book is a record of the service and can include copies of eulogies, biographical information, names of people paying their respects and other details. There are a number of different formats available to you. Some memorial books include photos used during the service, others are simple reproductions of the signatures of attendees.
Sometimes there are people who have helped you before, during and after your loved one’s death. Acknowledgement cards are one way of letting them know that you have noticed the contribution they made to you or your loved one and thanking them for the help they have given you. They come in a number of styles, including bookmarks and often include a photo of the deceased on the front.