Frequently Asked Questions
Memorial cards in Ireland usually include the deceased person’s name, age or date of birth, date of death, and address. The front may include words like “In Loving Memory of” or “In Memoriam” and sometimes “Remembering”. There are no rules to follow so do not feel obliged to design the card in a particular way if that does not appeal to you.
Short prayers, poems or personal tributes are frequently included in the card. “Less is More” is a very good maxim to remember when designing the cards. Sometimes, they can be too busy and this detracts from the overall aesthetic of the card. Images of the person are included as are other scenic images like flowers, plants, trees, landscapes. Symbolic images are often used such as roads or pathways and images of dusk, sunset or twilight to signify the end of life.
These cards are called Memorial Cards or Mortuary cards. They are sometimes called Memoriam cards. The cards are usually not ready for distribution at the time of the funeral. They are generally handed out at the anniversary of the person’s death or at an event to celebrate their life. The cards are usually procured by the family of the deceased and given to the bereaved and a memento of their loved one’s life.
Memorial cards in Waterford can be ordered from any print company who include them in their repertoire. There are DIY options available however, these generally are not as professional as ones generated by a print company. Promotive design and print bespoke memorial cards and all work is done to the highest standard possible. Work is done locally by qualified graphic designers who complete the card from start to finish.
A remembrance card is quite similar to a memorial card – they are cards designed to remind you of a person who has died. The card is designed by a close friend or family member and is distributed to others who loved and miss the deceased.
An acknowledgement card is like a thank you card to those who attended the funeral. It is sent to people who came to the funeral home, funeral service, graveyard or crematorium. The card expresses gratitude from the family of the deceased for the help and support received by their family, friends, neighbours and colleagues. Usually, people order more acknowledgment cards than memorial cards. Acknowledgements are sent to a broader variety of contacts where the memorial cards are usually only given to closer family and friends.
Memorial cards can be whatever size you like – however, they are usually sized to fit into a book, prayer book or wallet. They are designed to be portable and serve as a physical reminder of the person you have lost.
A mass card usually comes with some preprinted sympathetic text. One can simply sign one’s name to the card. However, including a handwritten message is always very well received by the bereaved. Words to express sympathy and condolence to the family and friends are welcome as are messages to show understanding and empathy in their grief.