Wednesday, 30 December 2020
Christmas can be an incredibly difficult time for anyone who has lost a loved one, whether you lost them earlier in the year or closer to Christmas. There is never a good time for somebody you care about to pass away, but it can be particularly tricky during the holiday season. Throughout November and December we are bombarded with sentimental songs, movies, advertising and more, which can be a real trigger point when you are trying to overcome grief.
Wednesday, 2 December 2020
As suppliers of memorial cards at Memorial Card Shop we often cater for Irish Catholic funerals. Although memorials cards are now used more widely across a range of religions, and even for non-religious ceremonies, they were first recorded being used by Catholics; Irish Catholics continue to be the main user of in-memoriam cards today.
With this in mind we decided to put together a list of our favourite Irish poems that are perfect for memorials, funerals, and prayer/memorial cards.
Monday, 16 November 2020
Memorial cards, also known as in-memoriam cards and sometimes mourning or funeral cards, are a personalised keepsake that is distributed at funerals or memorial services. They have a Catholic origin, although are now used within a variety of religious and non-religious ceremonies. If you are looking to find out more about the history of in-memoriam cards then we have a separate blog about their history which you can view here. Funeral or mourning cards are collected as a way to honour and remember the deceased, sometimes being kept in people’s purses and wallets or along with their other important documents.
Tuesday, 27 October 2020
As we all know grieving and mourning can be a terribly difficult time for everyone involved; The loss of a loved one is never easy and the mourning process is an important time to offer support for each other. Support can come in many forms, whether it is sending flowers and sympathy cards or simply offering an open ear. At Memorial Card Shop part of our work is helping people through grievance, so we have put together some tips on how to help your loved ones through the mourning process.
Tuesday, 13 October 2020
In modern times we are spoiled with the number of photos we can take and keep; The average phone has the ability to take photography-quality photos and store hundreds, if not thousands, of images. Physical photo albums are becoming less and less common as the number of digital albums increases exponentially, making it is more important than ever to look after your old photographs.
Thursday, 1 October 2020
At Memorial Card Shop we understand that the majority of people coming to us are going through an incredibly tough time of bereavement after the loss of a loved one. This is why we will always aim to make the process of purchasing your memorial or remembrance cards as stress-free as possible; We can assure you that your situation will always be handled with empathy, care and confidentiality.
Monday, 14 September 2020
Including a photo of the deceased is common practice for funerals, whether it is in the funeral programme, as a memory board, or for personalised memorial cards. But when the decision to choose a photo rests in your hands, it can be difficult to know which is the best option.
At the end of the day you don’t need to put too much pressure on yourself in what can already be an upsetting time. We’ve put together a short guide to help you come to a decision, including some advice on what to do if you don’t think you have an appropriate photo.
Friday, 21 August 2020
It isn’t easy to find the right words to say when a loved one has passed away, which is one of the many reasons people often choose to include verses, prayers and poems for memorial cards. We have a range of short verses, longer verses and thank you messages that you are free to browse, use and edit if you wish to do so.
We decided to compose a list of our most popular memorial card poems, both religious and non-religious, so you can get an idea of what people commonly put in their in-memoriam cards.
Wednesday, 5 August 2020
Thank-you cards, also known as acknowledgement cards, don’t have to be sent after a funeral, there is no official rule book to follow. If you are truly feeling overwhelmed then allow yourself the room to send them late, or even not at all. This being said, funerals are upsetting for everyone involved, so it can be nice to acknowledge and thank those that offered their support during this difficult time.
Wednesday, 22 July 2020
People all over the world have heard of Saint Patrick, even many people who are neither Irish nor Catholic thanks to the famous St Patrick’s Day. As vital as Saint Patrick was for Irish Catholics, we wanted to take some time to remind ourselves of, and celebrate, some Catholic Saints that maybe aren’t acknowledged as often.