Funeral Picture Display Ideas for a Creative Memorial

Published April 1, 2019
tri-fold funeral photo collage

If you're planning a truly special memorial service, get inspired with these unique funeral picture display ideas. From collages to creative table decorations, these photo displays will help everyone remember that important person.

Tri-Fold Funeral Photo Collage

Making a photo collage is easy, and it can be a wonderful way to relive some of your special memories and process feelings. To get started, you'll need a tri-fold display board, available at most office supply stores and on Amazon. You'll also need removable double-sided tape that won't mar your photos. Add the person's name to the top of the display and use these tips to choose photos for your memorial collage:

  • Start by choosing a few recent photos in which the person looks happy.
  • Then add photos of significant moments, such as weddings, births of children, and career milestones.
  • Make sure you include photos of the deceased with important people in his or her life.
  • Fill in with photos of happy life moments. Include as many photos as you need to make the collage board feel full.
  • Use professional photos and candids too to give a well-rounded view of this special person's life.

Tree of Life Memorial Photo Display

For a really creative and unique memorial service picture display, make a tree of life. This is a great option for displaying photos near the casket or cremation urn or for welcoming guests to the memorial service in the lobby. It's easy to make if you don't have a lot of spare time as well. Here's how:

  1. Buy a large potted tree at a local nursery.
  2. Choose photos of significant moments, the deceased with family members and friends, and other special pictures.
  3. Have the photos printed on heavy cardstock.
  4. Punch a small hole in the top of each printed photo and tie a ribbon through the hole to make a loop.
  5. Decorate the branches of the tree with the photos.
tree of life memorial photo display

Memorial Blooms Funeral Photo Display

Flowers are lovely, and they can be a great way to draw attention to your photo display at the memorial service. If you have a guestbook or memory book available for guests to record special memories of the deceased, you can use this type of photo display to decorate that table. It can also work well any place you have a table at the memorial service. You can use as many photos as you like. Here's how to do it:

  1. Choose plain glass containers, such as Mason jars, milk bottles, or simple vases.
  2. Using double-sided tape, affix a photo to the front of each glass container. Choose images that show the deceased looking happy or enjoying special moments.
  3. Place a single flower or a simple arrangement in each container with some water.
memorial blooms funeral pictures

Easel Memorial Service Photo Display

For a classic photo display at a funeral, nothing beats a simple easel memorial. You can have a mounted photo poster printed at a professional printing service, such as MPix or FedEx, where you can choose to design it yourself of use a template. Either way, keep these tips in mind for choosing and displaying the photo poster on an easel:

  • Choose a simple easel, often available from the funeral home.
  • Place the display near the casket or urn so everyone can use the photo to remember the person.
  • Choose a picture that has the resolution to be printed large. Ideally, this will be a professional photo or a photo from a recent digital camera. Older digital photos or small phone pictures don't have the resolution to handle that kind of enlargement.
  • If you don't have a photo that can be printed that large, consider choosing several photos and doing a collage.
easel photo display

How to Use Pictures in the Obituary or Program

You can add a photograph to the obituary or funeral program too. The right photo can also add more impact to a funeral announcement if you choose to send one. However, choosing the perfect picture of someone can be difficult, especially in the midst of grief. Here are some tips to help:

  • Look for a photo where the person looks happy and relaxed.
  • Remember, it can be a recent image, or it can be a photo of the person many years ago. You can even use two photos if you choose to.
  • Because you won't be printing this photo in a large size, remember you can crop a group photo to get an image of the person alone.
  • Think about the photos the deceased like best of himself. Was there an image he used as his profile on social media? This can be a good choice.

Your Photo Display Is Important

No matter how you choose to display photos at a funeral or memorial service, know that what you are doing is important. You are helping provide a visual representation of someone who can no longer be there, allowing others to grieve as they need to while looking at the display you create.

Funeral Picture Display Ideas for a Creative Memorial