Funeral Guest Book

Memories, prayers and thoughts for the family are on the top of your mind as you attend the funeral of a friend or someone you shared a connection with. Writing in a funeral guest book is often an expectation, so it does help to be prepared especially when you’re experiencing a mourning fog. Here are a couple of tips on what to write in a funeral guest book.

4 Tips on What to Write in a Funeral Guest Book

1. Create a Record of You Attending the Funeral

Remember that a funeral guest book is not the same as a condolence letter. The key purpose for a guest book is to notify the family on who has visited and create a record for them. It is not intended for you to share your condolences.

Suggested Read: How To Write A Meaningful Condolence Letter

2. Share your Family Name and Contact Details

Sometimes, it does help to write down a company or an organizational association, if the family doesn’t know you directly. It’s important to write legibly, as the family is less likely to have a digital guest book. Families often like having contact details. For instance, it may be important for them to reach you for a thank you card.

3. Sharing a Condolence

For sharing condolences, write a condolence letter. Read more about what to say and how to say it in our blogs, How To Write A Meaningful Condolence Letter and Funeral Card Messages: What Do You Write In a Sympathy Card?

4. Keep Information Public

Do not write anything in the funeral guest book that can’t be shared publicly. Guest books are typically shared with all guests. So, mentioning a small private story may not be appropriate. Do ensure that you stay away from an old corny joke, or an embarrassing memory because, remember, everyone’s reading your notes.