I wanted to share something that I did when planning the memorial service for my father last month. We weren't going through a regular funeral home because of the expense and because his cremated remains were being brought back from out of state by my brother. My father wanted things to be simple and inexpensive.
When it came to the memorial prayer cards, I looked on-line and wasn't completely happy with what I saw, or if I did do see something, the cost was astronomical. I wanted something with his picture on it, and a bit more personalized. After several days of searching and looking at Cafe.press and Zazzle on line, I didn't see any products offered that fit the bill for me. There were some of the prayer cards on Zazzle, but they were too lacy and flowery looking for my dad. It did start me thinking that I could create my own.
After trying to figure things out, I used a business card template turned on its side. Zazzle offers a "chubby size" card which made the card a bit bigger than the average business card template and made it about the average size of a regular prayer card. I was able to put his photo on it and personalize it the way I wanted it.
It cost about $30.00 (US Dollars) plus a little more for shipping for 100 cards. It was printed on both sides and came out very pleasing to this finicky customer. This was about fifty dollars less than what I found somewhat similar on-line with photos of the person, etc.
Zazzle also offers several different types of paper, grades of paper, color, and the like. I found something that they call "indestructible" which is waterproof, creaseproof, ect. I tested all this myself when I received the order. Their shipping was fast also! They have different types of shipping. I was a bit nervous about getting them on time for the service. My worry was for nothing.
If you are thinking of creating you own, you try it on Zazzle yourself or you can try my template at this link... memorial prayer card . You can change the photos, the poem, prayer, text, etc. I felt wonderful doing something of my own for my father. He was the type that appreciated something that I did myself for him rather than something commercial. I liked this because it was something I was able to create, but it came out professional looking. It is also one of a kind in design, not someone else's work. Even if this were someone else's work, I would have still had a major part in the design that I wanted to achieve.
I hope this information is helpful to you. It actually gave me a warm feeling to think that my dad may have been looking at me from above trying to do something a little extra special and personal in his memory.
Thanks for reading this and pass on the info if you know someone who is planning a service. It is difficult enough to find the strength and time to go through planning and getting a service together. It is draining. I thought that by sharing this that it might help someone else going through this.
Blessings to you,