Design Selection

Funeral program templates are a quick and easy way to create professional looking funeral programs, memorial booklets, and celebration of life programs quickly and easily.   Funeral program templates can come in a variety of different designs, styles, layouts and colors and themes.   With so many different designs and layouts to choose from, it can be challenge to find the funeral program design that is right for your family.  Understanding the different types of funeral program template backgrounds and covers can help you design a funeral program that will be appropriate for your service, and unique to your loved one.  This article will discuss a few common designs and themes for templates.

Selecting a Funeral Program Template Design by Color

Color is a very common way to select a template.  Many of our loved ones have a favorite color, and some families will plan a memorial service or celebration of life service with a set color theme.  Choosing funeral program backgrounds by color is an easy way to choose and create a program that is very personal to your loved one.

Traditional Funeral Program Template Design

Templates can have backgrounds covers and images that are typically associated with funerals and memorials.  Here are a few common funeral themes and symbols.  There are many funeral program templates that feature these images, clipart and symbols in their design.

Sky and Heaven Themes —  These images represent heaven or the departed loved one going on to a “better place” outside of this world.

Birds — Represents human souls

Doves — Doves typically symbolize peace and tranquility and may also represent the Holy Spirit in some Christian faiths.

Butterflies — The butterfly symbolizes love, spirit and rebirth.

Flowers — Flowers are a very traditional way to honor a loved one who has passed.  Since flowers come in a variety of colors and types, this is a perfect way to select a floral theme that is personal to your loved one’s taste.

Religious Funeral Program Template Designs

Since many people still have funerals and memorials in churches or chapels, and many departed loved ones have religious beliefs, a religious template design can be very appropriate.  Here are a few images and symbols that are frequently used on religious designs.

Crosses  — Very Common, can come in a variety of styles and symbols

Angels — Many different types and styles

Bibles — Bibles can be uses on programs

Candles — Symbolizes the Light of the World,

Praying Hands —  Symbolizes prayer, worship and reverence

Saints — Very common in the Catholic Faith

Floral Funeral Program Template Designs

Flowers are a very popular image for funeral and celebration of life program templates.  There are many ways you can showcase flowers on your printed materials.  Flowers are an important element in most memorials, and can be a quick and easy way to make your program unique to your loved one.  You can select a “favorite flower” of your loved one, or choose flowers that convey a message about the deceased.  Here are a few meanings for flowers for funerals.

Roses  — Very Common, can come in a variety of colors.  Different colors have different meanings.  White roses represent innocence and purity.  Pink roses represent gratefulness and yellow represents friendship.

Lillies — represents rebirth and renewal

Forget me nots — As shown by the name, signifies remembrance.

Carnations — Also available in many colors…represents love

Praying Hands —  Symbolizes prayer and worship

Saints — Very common in the Catholic Faith

Designs based on Hobbies or Careers

Many families are choosing to honor their loved ones in non-traditional ways.  Families are often choosing template designs that celebrate their loved one’s career choice, or favorite hobby.   This is especially appropriate if your loved one’s career (or hobby was a very important part of their life.  These themes and design can help focus on the positive and full life of the deceased, instead of the mourning the loss.  There are designs that feature police officers, firefighters, nurses and teachers.  You can also feature favorite hobbies such as golf, basketball, cooking, sailing and other hobbies.

Designs based on different scenic places and locations

If your loved one enjoyed a particular place, such as the beach or a mountain cabin, it may be fitting to choose a designs that features a scenic place.  There are many different template designs that feature landscapes such as mountains, beaches, lakes and forests.

Understanding the different themes and designs available can help you select a unique and appropriate funeral program template designs so you can make the perfect funeral program or booklet to honor your loved one’s memory.  Also see our articles on choosing a funeral program template and funeral program layouts

Once you have decided on an appropriate design and layout for your keepsake, view our article on how to make a funeral program to get started creating the perfect memorial for your loved one.