A guest book at a memorial or funeral is an important way for
guests to pay their respects to the family and honor the memory of
the deceased. At the funeral or memorial service, guests are
encouraged to sign the guest book and perhaps leave a personal
note. Make sure that someone is designated as the collector and
keeper of the guest books during the day, as they will become an
important family keepsake.
Attractive guest books are available at stationery and paper
stores or can be ordered online and shipped overnight to your home.
The line to sign the guest book can traditionally become a
bottleneck at funeral and memorial services, and guests can be left
standing patiently outside the vestibule in all weather in order to
sign the book.
Digital tablets can also be used in place of a traditional
Even if you are not anticipating a large crowd, have more than
one guestbook available for signing during the service or
afterwards at the reception. Two or more guest books can easily be
combined afterwards to make one important memento of the day.
Provide multiple pens and appoint someone to monitor and replace
the pens if necessary.