Red - please alter
Black - please leave
Green - notes - delete afterwards
If you are printing yourself on an A4 sheet folded in half
the order is BACK and FRONT, then INSIDE
This is NOT a print template - if you need an example please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
At the moment this is an idea to help people plan a service, particularly when there is a deadline or when we are unable to meet. I hope that you find it useful.
If you are unsure please call me and I will talk you through the complete document.
Ideally a fairly recent one for an elderly person, maybe one from the last 10-15 years
Celebrating the Life of
Date of birth - Date of death
FULL DATE at TIME
Conducted by Steve Stacey
ORDER OF SERVICE
Title - Artist
Anything appropriate and that you are comfortable with
Welcome & Introduction
This help people to focus their thoughts -
a poem perhaps, but printed in the Order of Service
Tribute (delete if not needed)
Anything that is a personal tribute about what
the person meant to the person/people writing it
Hymn (or not)
Words of hymn here – don’t spend time sourcing these – if there is an organist, they will play and I have the words. If the music is recorded, we can choose the correct words.
As descriptive and anecdotal as possible rather than a verbal CV -
creating pictures in people's minds. Use SHORT paragraphs.
Music for Reflection
Title - Artist
Try to choose something calm and mellow. Instrumentals are good.
Try not to choose anything ‘singalong’ for this part of the service.
This includes an opportunity for those with faith to say their own private prayer
The Lord's Prayer (or not)
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory,
For ever and
A personal farewell – a thank you and a pledge that we will always remember them.
Printed in the Order of Service for people to follow
This reading is a positive note to the end of the service - ideally in first person... "it's what he/she might want to say to you today"
See the readings with RED titles in the Poetry and Readings book.
Title - Artist
Could be anything. An uplifting tune
gives a very positive feel to the end.
A picture of a significant event or group of people
e.g wedding. National Service, family, anniversary, birthday party
Name's family would like to thank you all for being here with them today and for the many kind messages of sympathy and support they have received.
After the service, please join them to share some refreshments and continue the celebration for Name's life at
Reception Venue and Post Code
Donations written as...
Donations if desired to
Make sure that this is the wording correct wording for any cheques
- which one? How do people donate?
Donations if desired to Cancer Research UK
c/o Funeral Director Name and Branch Address