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Nonreligious Funeral or Memorial Service Order-of-Service Template

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Find out how to put together a nonreligious funeral or memorial service program. In the link below, you'll find a simple and straightforward template that will help you create a program that integrates all the points covered in most memorial services while making sure you create a program that really honors a person's life.

Those attending or participating in a funeral or memorial service will usually find it helpful to have some written guidance about the steps the service will follow, and who's involved in leading them. It will also guide those officiating to proceed smoothly.

Use or adapt this Order of Service template when planning a nonreligious funeral or memorial service. You can complete and print it as is and give copies to those attending. Or insert the information gathered here as part of a more elaborate Funeral or Memorial Service Program that's distributed before the service.

This template should produce an Order of Service that's similar to this sample.

Order of Service


[Enter the complete named of the deceased, the deceased's dates of birth and death, and the place and date of the service, if that information isn't included elsewhere.]

Opening Music

[Identify the song or music to be played, along with the songwriter or composer. If there's a live performance, also include the name of those performing, along with their relationship to the deceased. If those attending will be asked to sing along, be sure to provide lyrics that may be unfamiliar. For suggestions of songs that are popular, humorous or quirky, and religious, see Funeral and Memorial Songs.

Welcoming Remarks

Offered by [Include the name of the speaker or speakers, and their relationship to the deceased.]

Candle-Lighting Ceremony

By [Include the names of those involved, and their relationship to the deceased.]

[Reading] or [Dance Performance] or [Music Performance]

[Identify the song, poem, reading, or dance, along with its author or creator. If there's a live performance, also include the names of those performing, along with their relationship to the deceased. For suggestions of selections that are popular, humorous or quirky, and religious, see Funeral and Memorial Songs and Funeral and Memorial Poems and Readings.

[Meditation Time] or [Moments of Silence]


Led by [It's a good idea to have someone briefly direct those gathered to pause for a time of collective silence in honor of the person who died. Include the speaker's name, and his or her relationship to the deceased.]

Final Thoughts


Initiated by [Consider inviting a person who was close to the deceased to offer brief closing comments, with the aim of leaving those attending with positive or hopeful memories. As always, include the speaker's name and relationship to the deceased. If those attending are also invited to share their thoughts, mention that here.]

Closing Music


[Identify the song or music, along with the songwriter or composer. If the music will be performed live, also include the name of those performing, along with their relationship to the deceased. If those attending will be asked to sing along, be sure to provide lyrics that may be unfamiliar. For suggestions of selections that are popular, humorous or quirky, and religious, see Funeral and Memorial Songs.