How to Create and Write Funeral Invitations: A Helpful Guide

Processing and dealing with a loved one’s death is an inherently difficult time.

There are many responsibilities, deadlines, and aspects to think about.

It’s important to seek out advice and guidance from professionals to make the logistics easier so you can focus on family and the loved one you lost.

To offer some help, we’ve put together a simple guide to writing funeral invitations.Back in the 17th century, invitations were wood engraved.

Luckily, it’s now much easier to notify all relevant people of the passing of your beloved. Keep reading to find out just how to do it.

Different Types of Funeral Invitations

The type of invitation you select dependson your time frame before the funeral, your individual needs, and the preferences of most people involved.

The most traditional method has been phone calls but we’ll quickly explore each option.

In general, you’ll want to choose whatever is best for your needs so that you can organize the rest of the details while allowing yourself to experience the grieving process

Phone Calls

Calling the family, friends, colleagues, and everyone associated with your beloved seems to be a more thoughtful and personal option.

That being said, it takes a lot of time and emotional energy to speak with each person who will attend.

Instead of calling everyone, you may want to only call family members and close friends. For the rest of the guests, you can choose one of these options.


Sending invitations in the mail is another personal way of inviting people to come to the celebration of life but again, can take up a lot of time.

You would have to have invitations printed (or you can handwrite them), collect everyone’s addresses, seal, and mail each invitation.

Additionally, this option often doesn’t work for people because mail can takemore than a weekto deliver, depending on where you’re sending it and if you choose priority mail.

This option may be beneficial for after the ceremony if you wish to thank people and offer a keepsake photo of your beloved.


It seems the best way to efficiently invite people and alert them of changes is to do it online.

You can send out emails, make a simple website, or post it on social media after the immediate people have been notified.

This will save you time, energy, and potentially money.

However, it’s important to choose the right wording when you go the digital route (or any method, for that matter).

How to Write a Funeral Invitation

The words you put on an invitation should be simple, concise, and thoughtful.

You’ll need to include the following information:

  • A picture of the deceased
  • Their full name
  • Town they lived in (if applicable)
  • Surviving family members
  • Place of employment or activities that they enjoyed
  • Funeral date, time, and place
  • If the funeral is private or public/open
  • Floral or non-profit contribution
  • Memorial service details (if applicable)
  • Your contact information

For the memorial service details, you can simply say that there will be one and details will arrive later.

With these necessary aspects, you’ll want to craft a thoughtful and short message to the invitees.

Consider using respectful phrases that convey admiration towards your beloved and the guests. This may mean using phrases like “in loving memory of” or “you are respectfully invited”.

There are many examples of the tone you should use in invitations online that are easy to access on search engines.

Offer Respects While Respecting Your Time

By following these easy guidelines to writing funeral invitations, you can save some time and allow yourself to grieve, celebrate your beloved’s life with family, and do what you need to do for them and yourself.

Contact us for any funeral service needs you have and we’ll help alleviate the process.