A Guide to an Order of Service

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During funerals at funeral homes in Dayton, OH, one of the things that you can have available for people who are attending the funeral service is an Order of Service. This brochure, which is also known as a funeral program, often contains a tribute to your loved one and details of what will happen during the service, as well as details about the date, time, and location of interment.

An Order of Service not only gives mourners a chance to follow along during the funeral service itself, but it also gives them something to take home as a memory of your loved one. People find it comforting to have a reminder of someone they knew and cared about in a tangible form that they can keep and look at from time to time.

The funeral home director will help you put the Order of Service together. The funeral home has the resources to produce a high-quality Order of Service that honors your loved one and captures your vision of what you want the tribute to them to look like.

What is included in an Order of Service?

Usually, an Order of Service will include a title such as “In Loving Memory” or “Gone, But Not Forgotten.” Choose a title that captures the essence about how you feel about the death of your loved one.

One of the items that will be included in the Order of Service is a picture of your loved one, along with their date of birth and date of death. The date of the picture you include depends on your personal preference on how you want your loved one to be remembered. Some people want their loved ones to be remembered when they were younger, so they choose high school graduation pictures or wedding pictures.

Others want their loved ones remembered when they were at the peak of their lives, so they’ll include a picture that captures their loved one when they were in their prime. And still others want their loved ones to be remembered in the present, so they will include the most recent picture of their loved one that they have.

Next, the Order of Service will often include a quote or a scripture that was a favorite of the deceased or that captures the essence of their personality. If your loved one had a favorite saying or if there was a scripture that gave them hope, then that could be included in the Order of Service.

The details of the funeral service are also listed in the Order of Service as they will take place. This will include readings, eulogies, spiritual guidance, and music.

For readings, be sure to provide the author, the work, and the person presenting each reading. The listing of eulogies should include the speakers in the order in which they will present their eulogies to your loved one.

For the spiritual section of the funeral service, you should include the name of the clergy member who is doing the sermon and their church. All music selections should include song titles and performers (live) or artists (recorded).

Pallbearers are also usually listed in the Order of Service, as well as the cemetery, date, and time when burial of your loved one will take place.

If you’d like guidance about an Order of Service at funeral homes in Dayton, OH, our compassionate and experienced staff at Glickler Funeral Home & Cremation Service can help. You can come by our funeral home at 1849 Salem Ave., Dayton, OH 45406, or you can contact us today at (937) 278-4287.

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