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A condolences book can be a beautiful gift for the bereaved family, and it can be completed and presented at a cremation service in memory of the person who passed away. A condolences book contains messages from those who knew and loved the deceased person, and it can be personalized for the individual needs of the family. Follow these tips when creating a condolences book for a cremation service.
Tip #1: Illustrate Pages with Pictures, Drawings, or Other Visual Elements
In addition to having all the guests sign the condolences book, you may want to also include several visual elements to add meaning and beauty to the book's pages. If you have photographs of the deceased person with people who are signing the book, it's a great idea to include them. In fact, you may request people make copies and bring extra copies of photos to the cremation service. Then, once there, you can have glue sticks available for people to apply the photos next to their condolences message.
Tip #2: Write an Introduction Where You Include Your Own Condolences
Be sure to write a detailed introduction of the condolences book. Not everyone will be familiar with this fairly recent tradition. Let the bereaved family know that the book is made with love so that they have a record of all the love and support that so many people feel for the family as well as how highly they regard the deceased person. Also write your own message of condolences.
Also, as part of the introduction, be sure to include any of your own memories of the deceased person. State what the person has meant to your life and why you are so moved to create the condolences book. The introduction is also a place where you may want to point out specific things for the family to look at within the book, such as particular photos you've enclosed.
Tip #3: Encourage All Attendees to Sign the Condolences Book
Be as inclusive as possible when it comes to the condolences book. Be sure to have someone at the entranceway or the area where people arrive at the cremation service to let each guest know about the condolences book. You may want to set up a station where people can access the book and take their time signing it, or you may choose to pass around the book.
Finally, keep in mind that the most important thing to keep in mind is the bereaved family. Consider their needs every step of the way, and you can't go wrong. When you give them a condolences book, you may be giving them a gift that continues to provide comfort for many years to come, and they are likely to always remember it with fondness.
Contact a service like Danks-Hinski Funeral Home for more help.