There is no wrong way to display photos at a funeral.
If you’ve landed on this page looking for ideas, be assured: Whatever you do to evoke memories of your loved one when he or she was living will be appreciated.
Begin with a view towards celebrating your loved one’s life. Think about how you might display photos at a graduation or wedding, and then translate those ideas to the funeral.
My 104-year-old grandmother died recently, and here’s how our family handled it. Grandma had four children, so each family created a board of photos they’d collected from their own archives. We used poster board, bulletin board and tri-fold displays. These were displayed on easels. Everyone brought a few framed photos, which were set on a table.
Some of the photos were labeled, some were not. In general, I’d lean towards more labels rather than less if you can. Even just a “circa 1980” helps the viewer place the image.
It’s also nice if you can display photos that show the person’s whole life rather than just the past few years.
And in general, less is more. A few carefully edited photos bring just as much meaning to a celebration of life as a thousand random ones (however, if you do have a thousand random ones, one idea is to toss them down the center of the funeral luncheon tables as conversation starters). An album or two is nice, but 10 albums is probably too many images to fully appreciate.
My father, who works as an attendant for a funeral home, meaning he attends a lot of services and helps move people and flowers and caskets from place to place, says only about 10 percent of people actually look at the photo displays, so to put a lot of pressure on yourself to create the perfect one seems ill advised. If you were very close to the deceased person and very broken up about it, you might want to delegate the responsibility to someone who is less emotionally fraught. But if you just can’t pull it together by yourself, some photo organizers (yes, it’s a profession) do photo displays for a funeral on a tight time-frame.
For lots of good inspiration, use Pinterest. Try searching “how to display photos at a funeral.”