How To Make Meaningful Memorials Cards for a Funeral

If you’ve ever been to a funeral, you’ve likely received a memorial card in honor of the deceased. A memorial card is a small card or brochure with a photo and basic information about the dead, as well as a souvenir from the memorial service that loved ones can hold onto. If you’re planning a funeral, you’ll want to be sure to create a memorial card for the deceased to give out at the funeral.

Here’s how to make meaningful memorial cards for a funeral in 6 easy steps: 

  1. Select the platform or program you want to use.
  2. Choose your template or create your own.
  3. Enter the deceased’s information and other text.
  4. Customize the card.
  5. Print the cards.
  6. Cut and finish the cards.

In this article, I’ll detail how to create a memorial card using the steps above and provide some great resources for you to use during the design process.

1. Select the Platform or Program You Want To Use

Before you start creating the memorial card, you’ll need to decide how you’ll make it. There are several programs, platforms, or even websites available that allow you to customize your documents from scratch or that will provide a pre-designed template to get you started.

The following programs and websites offer options to build a card from scratch, use a pre-designed template within their program, or are common programs or websites that designers use to create memorial cards.

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is a common word processing program; chances are you’ve used it at some point in your life. However, you may not realize that Microsoft Word also offers customizable templates. Here’s a helpful YouTube video example of creating a funeral card in Microsoft Word: 


GoogleDocs is a popular service in business since it’s easy to use and share with others. Like Microsoft Word, GoogleDocs offers templates that are easy to customize. You can also easily create your designs from scratch using this program, making creating memorial cards all the easier.

Microsoft PowerPoint

Though most people think about using PowerPoint for presentations, it’s also a great design tool for those looking to make cards, flyers, and brochures as well as memorial cards. If you’re more of a visual learner, here’s a YouTube tutorial on creating prayer cards in PowerPoint: 

Watching this video should be able to give you some insight on how you could create meaningful memorial cards for a funeral by using Microsoft PowerPoint.


Adobe is another program that isn’t always used to its full potential. Adobe provides free funeral card templates that you can use with Adobe Express. Not only are the templates professionally designed; you may also customize and remix designs of your choosing. 


Canva is a popular design platform that allows you to make all kinds of creations, from social media graphics to standard cards and brochures. Canva is easy to use and has many built-in options to help make your designs unique and beautiful. If you’re interested, here’s a helpful YouTube tutorial on making a memorial card using Canva:


Shutterfly is a great platform to use if you’d like something that’s already beautifully designed and requires little effort to create. Shutterfly is also great because you can order several cards to be delivered and won’t need to print them yourself.


Staples and similar office supply stores can also create and print funeral cards. You can choose from several templates and have them print the cards for you. Different designs are available, including memorial cards in honor of the lives of our deceased pets. 

2. Choose Your Template or Create Your Own

After you’ve chosen the platform or program you want to use, you’ll want to start by selecting the template or layout you want for your cards. Each of the platforms and programs discussed above has search functions in their template libraries that allow you to look for designs that closely match what you want to use.

Keep in mind that the majority of the features on the templates (colors, fonts, photos, etc.) are customizable, so you’ll want to focus on choosing a card that’s most similar to the layout you’d like for the card.

If you don’t see any pre-designed layouts you like, you can turn to the web and see if anyone else has designed a card you want to use. Several sites provide free template downloads, or you can visit places like Etsy to get a professionally designed template that you can customize.

Lastly, if all else fails or you want to be extra creative, you can design a layout yourself. Use the other card templates as inspiration, and make your vision come to life.

3. Enter the Deceased’s Information and Other Text

Once you have the template, it’s time to enter the deceased’s information. Several sections are typically included in a funeral card, such as:

  • Text that reads, “In loving memory of,” or something similar.
  • Full name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Date of death.
  • Photo of the deceased.
  • Date, time, and location of the memorial service.
  • Inspirational quote or poem.
  • A brief biography of the deceased.
  • Service program.
  • Names of surviving family members and close loved ones.

4. Customize the Card

Now that you have all the text in your template, it’s time for the fun part: customizing! You most likely can change the colors, fonts, and design of whatever template you have chosen, so use this time to make the card your own and one that’s representative of your loved one.

Many people keep the memorial cards from funerals as a memento of the deceased. The tradition of keeping mementos from loved ones dates back thousands of years; however, not every person has access to a personal item or other keepsakes.

Therefore, many will keep the memorial card you create as a memento for your loved one. Keep that in mind as you design a beautiful card that’s meaningful and reminds you of your loved one.

5. Print the Cards

Once you have a design you like, it’s time to print the cards. If you’re printing the cards at home, use nice paper and color ink, and make sure none of the text or images get cut off. You can also save the design and use a professional printing service to have the cards printed for you, which might be ideal, depending on how many you need.

A funeral memorial card with a single red rose.

6. Cut and Finish the Cards

The last step will be cutting the cards out, making any folds necessary, and adding finishing touches. Some people also like adding ribbons or a protective cover to the cards. While this isn’t a necessary step, it’s a nice detail that makes the cards look great. Feel free to add any final customizations that you’d like.

Final Thoughts

Designing and creating your own funeral card is a great way to save money and ensure you get what you want for the memorial of your loved one. There are several programs and many pre-designed templates to get you started. 

However, the most important thing to remember is that this card is a keepsake for your friends and family to remember the deceased. Make sure to design this card in a way that truly honors and memorializes your loved one.


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Alex Noel

Hi there! I'm Alex Noel and live in Indianapolis, Indiana. I started this website to share my experience. My goal is to provide Americans a more fulfilling goodbye.

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