Complete Guide to Memorial Cards

(Also known as remembrance cards, funeral cards, and prayer cards)


What is a memorial card?

They are personalized mementos often given out at a memorial service, funeral, or celebration of life ceremony or are mailed out later to remember the life of a loved one. These meaningful keepsakes are also known as funeral cards, remembrance cards, or prayer cards. It is typically a small, laminated, sturdy, double-sided card that includes the name, date of birth, and date of death of a loved one. They can also add a verse, tribute message, prayer, poem, or photo. It’s common for friends and family to put the cards in their Bible, wallets, or journals. It’s something to be carried around or put somewhere special to remind you of your loved one.


What are the cards called that you get a funeral? 

Often called funeral or prayer cards, a memorial card is typically given out at funerals, celebrations of life events, or memorial services in loving memory of a loved one. The card serves as a remembrance of the deceased and offers inspiration and memories to the friends and family members that receive it.


What is the difference between memorial cards and funeral programs?

A funeral program gives the order of service for the funeral. A memorial card is a keepsake that people receive at or after the service.


What is the difference between a funeral card and a prayer card?

These cards were developed from the Catholic tradition of giving out prayer cards, which honor various Catholic saints. Instead of recognizing saints, funeral cards offer a tribute to the deceased. Prayer cards are often still used in the Catholic church and vintage ones are often collected.


What size is a memorial card?

Memorial or funeral cards are often called pocket-sized or wallet-sized (the size of a credit card). The idea is to make the cards are a size that people can carry the card wherever they go or easily place in a Bible, journal, or prayer book. These cards can also be used as bookmarks.

We offer custom funeral cards in two formats. Our standard reminder cards and personalized reminder cards are 2 1/8″ x 3 3/8″ and our memorial photo cards are 2 7/8″ x 4 3/8″.


Where can I make funeral cards?

Funeral directors often help with designing and printing cards at funeral homes as you prepare for the funeral or memorial service. You can also get custom cards created online. When working with a printer, make sure they understand the need for fast shipping if you need the card in time for the service.

We are proud to be the only place you can get a funeral card printed with popular and one of the most-read funeral poems – The Dash Poem. Create a laminated, custom card now.

Some people choose to create their cards rather than working with funeral homes. Search Pinterest for Memorial Card Templates for ideas on how to make your card meaningful. It’s a good idea to select a high-quality stock paper if you will be printing your own.


What do you say on a memorial card? 

A memorial card typically has a heading such as:

  • In loving memory
  • Gone but not forgotten
  • Always in our hearts
  • With love and fond memories
  • Forever in our thoughts
  • ‘Till We Meet Again
  • Rest in peace
  • Treasured memories of …
  • Miss you
  • Sadly Missed
  • Precious memories
  • In remembrance

Other than a memorial card saying, the card usually also includes:

  • Name of the Deceased
  • Date of Birth – Date of Death
  • A poem, Bible Verse, Tribute Message that conveys something personal


We hope this has helped you learn a little bit more about memorial cards. Please visit our Dash Poem cards and gifts page. 

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