Gathering In Grief: How To Write A Letter Of Invitation For A Funeral Ceremony That Brings People Together

Letter of Invitation For Funeral Ceremony

Funerals are not-so-enjoyable events that every family must face at some point in their lives. When a person dies, the person with whom he or she had a relationship (direct or extended) must be notified.

One way to inform people of someone passing away is to send an invitation letter. Here is an article on how to write a funeral service invitation.

What Is An Invitation For A Funeral?

A funeral invitation is an informal letter inviting guests to a funeral. Funeral invitation letters must be written in the third person. The funeral invitation letter informs the recipient of a forthcoming funeral, memorial service, or Celebration of Life celebration.

They may also provide information about wakes, visits, and religious rites or rituals. The letter should be brief and specific. You may email or hand-deliver the invitation letter.

In addition, sending an invitation is a thoughtful and polite gesture. Even if the funeral is open to the public and the information is in the obituary or on social media, you should invite close friends and family as a sign of respect.

How To Write A Letter Of Invitation For A Funeral Ceremony

The majority of people struggle with what to write on funeral invitations. So here is a guide on writing a funeral invitation.

  1. Begin by writing your letter a title
  2. Write the recipient’s and the family’s correct addresses. This may make it easier for them to respond in writing.
  3. Add a greeting. The most appropriate way to start a letter is with “Dear Sir or Madam.”
  4. In the first paragraph of the letter, provide a concise explanation of the purpose of writing the letter. In the second paragraph, you should summarize the deceased individual or funeral service.
  5. The plans for the funeral should be included in the following paragraph.
  6. A concise call to action must be included in the last paragraph (CTA).

What To Include In Invitation Letter For Funeral

The wording of a funeral invitation should be straightforward, giving the recipients all the information they need to know.

The invitations must include the following information:

  • The full name of the dead person
  • The town or city of their birthplace
  • The date of their death
  • The date, time, and place of the funeral
  • Whether or not the funeral will be open to the public
  • Photo of the dead
  • Offerings of flowers or non-profit contribution
  • Family members that are still alive
  • Information about a Funeral Service
  • Contact Information

Sample And Template

There is a lot of format in writing a funeral invitation. Below is our sample and template that you may edit to create your invitation letter.


(Name of the recipient),

(Address of the recipient),


Sub: Burial Invitation Letter

Respected Sir/ Madam,

In loving memory of (name of the deceased)

(date of birth) to (date of death). A beloved husband, father, and friend.

His death left my family and me with a great sense of loss. For some days, he was suffering from the hardships of (mention the health problem).

You are respectfully invited to the funeral on

(date), (time)

(address of the place)

In these challenging times for our family, we hope to see you.

Thank you very much,


(Name of the sender)

Letter of Invitation For Different Scenarios

Key Takeaways

  • An invitation to a funeral is a letter often written more formally.
  •  Funeral invitation letters must be written in the third person.
  • Sending a letter of invitation for a funeral is a thoughtful and polite gesture.
  • Your invitation letter provides information about wakes, visits, funerals, and religious rites or rituals.