Do memorial cards have to be religious?

The question of religion and it’s inclusion on memorial cards, It’s an ever more common conversation I find myself having with customers as of late and one that seems to cause a bit on confusion.

In a traditional sense memorial cards tended to heavily involve religion, particularly Catholicism, whether it was a prayer or photo there was usually always some sort of connection to it.

Today a lot more people, particularly younger generations either aren’t practicing religion or don’t make faith a mainstay in their life, they don’t attend religious services or maybe don’t have any faith altogether! All of which is perfectly ok.

Now begs the question, do memorial cards have to be religious?

Short answer – absolutely not!

If your loved one was not religious and did not practice religion please don’t feel any pressure to make a memorial card religious for the benefit of maybe family members or friends who expect it to be.

All too common we have the conversation with a customer where their loved who passed was not religious and they want a memorial card that reflects this but another family member is religious and wants something religious included.

A memorial card is a deeply personal thing and is an opportunity for the family of the deceased to remember them how they were and to share that with others. It should be an authentic representation of their memory and also emotive (if you want it that way of course!).

How common are non religious memorial cards?

Quite honestly at a guess I’d say probably 30-40% of the cards we do aren’t religious, so don’t feel alone if you decide to go this route for your loved one’s memorial card.

Non religious card designs and verses

We have compiled a list of the more common non religious verses or poems which you can take a look at here if you’d like, you can also use your own if you prefer.

We also have a range of nature/scenic memorial cards of which most can be totally non religious! For the past few months we have been working on a new range of cards which will be coming soon to our website so keep an eye out for them.

If you can’t find what card design you are looking for on our website we can also do a custom design for you! There is no extra cost involved with this and believe me we are more than happy to help design a card you and your family will cherish!

As always if you have any questions you’d like to ask us please don’t hesitate getting in touch, you can email or whatsapp us or if you prefer to chat you can also phone us on (01) 699 1214.

But what if I want a religious card?

That is also perfectly ok, most of our customers do! Our range of religious cards can be found here, we are in the process of updating these too so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.



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