When a loved one passes, the coming events, such as the funeral arrangements can be a tricky and difficult process. When conducting funeral arrangements, it is important to honour the deceased in the way they would have wanted. If there were no specific wishes detailed in their will, it is upon you to think how best to honour and remember them.
One of the funeral arrangement tasks may be sending out funeral announcement cards to inform friends and loved ones of the death. Funeral announcement cards are funeral stationery that is sent out to inform people that there has been a death. This can typically ease some of the pressure off the family and close relatives who may find it quite difficult to have to individually break the news. Choosing to send out a funeral announcement card can save difficult conversations and ensure everyone gets the same information.
A funeral announcement can be difficult to write, and therefore this guide aims to give you some assistance at such a difficult time.
- Full name of the deceased
- Date of birth and date of death
- Time/location of funeral or memorial service
Funeral announcement card templates
“It is with great sadness that the family of [name] must announce their death. (Birthdate to death date). Close friends and family are warmly invited to attend the funeral service, held at [place, date, time]. Flowers are welcome but we would like to request that donations be made in [name]’s honour at [charity name], as it was so close to their heart. Light refreshments and drinks will be served at [place, time] after the funeral service. All are welcome.”
“The family of [name] (birthdate to death date) sadly announce their passing. They will be greatly missed every day. The family would like to request donations to [charity name] in their honour, in lieu of flowers.”
“After a long battle, it is with great sadness that we must announce [name] (birthdate) has passed away peacefully on (date of death) in hospital surrounded by loved ones. Though they will be greatly missed, we rejoice that they are no longer suffering and can finally be at peace. We invite you to [place, date, time] to attend the funeral service and pay your respects. The family requests that bright colours be worn to remember [name]’s spirit and happiness.”
For longer announcements, some families may want to include the deceased’s achievements and life milestones such as birthdates of children, accomplishments, marriage, etc.
Funeral stationery: A keepsake
For some people, the funeral stationery they receive is often kept as a keepsake of the deceased. Things such as funeral announcement cards and order of service booklets are kept to remind the guests of the day and serve as a valuable keepsake to honour the friend or loved one they have lost.
For this reason, it is important to consider what to include on the announcement card. It will likely come as a shock and therefore the wording and tone should be carefully considered. Additionally, make sure you include all relevant information if you are using the announcement card as a funeral invitation.
Furthermore, if the announcement is especially difficult and you wish to not contact people directly, address this on the card and ask for some privacy. For example:
“The immediate family would like to request that you do not reach out for the time being. At this difficult time the family would like to mourn in private and begin to grieve their loss. We would like to invite you to the funeral ceremony at a later date, instructions for which will be sent out at a later date. We appreciate your understanding at this tough time.”