How To Write A Funeral Invitation Letter in Ghana
Funerals are unfortunate events that every family experiences at a point in time. As it is stated in the Bible, at a point in time every human being will die.
On the occasion of a person’s death, the people who had a relationship (either immediate or extended) need to be informed of the event. In the olden days, the family head would have had to walk to the houses of everyone to announce the news of the person’s passing.
That is no longer the case in this 21st century. As a result of digital and technological advancement, we now announce the passing of a person using funeral invitation letters.
In this article, I am going to show you how to write a funeral invitation letter in Ghana. The reason why we added in Ghana is the fact that Ghanaians announce or invite people to funerals differently from the rest of the world.
What Is A Funeral Invitation Letter?
A funeral invitation letter is an informal letter inviting people to attend a funeral ceremony. Unlike formal invitation letters, a funeral invitation letter is written in the third person and must not be formal.
The funeral invitation letter gives information about the funeral ceremony, and any other funeral announcements you wish to send out to friends and relatives.
You can send the letter via email or by delivering it personally to the person you wish to invite. The latter is more official and shows that you have respect for the person you are inviting.
Things You Need To Know Before Writing A Funeral Invitation Letter
Before you write a funeral invitation letter in Ghana, there are certain important things you need to be aware of. These are not standard rules that if not followed, your letter will be invalid or not.
But once they are followed, they help your letter to stand out from the rest and also shows respect. Below are some of the useful things you need to know before writing a funeral invitation letter in Ghana.
- Losing a loved one is very sad but, in the letter, you should try your maximum best to avoid adding emotions to the letter.
- The letter should be written in the third person.
- The letter should be written after the date and venue for the funeral has been set. You cannot invite a person to a funeral without a date.
- As stated earlier, it is advisable to deliver the letter to the person you are inviting in person and not online. Unless the person is outside the country or your region.
How To Write A Funeral Invitation Letter in Ghana
- Start with a title.
- Write the accurate address for both the family and the recipient. Most people like to write back to you.
- Add a salutation. Dear Sir/Madam is the best salutation you could give.
- In the introduction, write a brief about the reason why you are writing the letter.
- The second paragraph should contain a brief about the deceased.
- The next paragraph should contain the funeral arrangements.
- The last paragraph should be a small call-to-action (CTA).
What Should Be Included In Your Funeral Invitation Letter?
There are some important information you need to include in your funeral invitation letter. I have listed some of them below, pardon me if I forget to add some.
- The name and brief information about the deceased.
- The location of the funeral ceremony. (It is ideal to add some directions to the location, if necessary).
- The time for both the viewing of the corpse and the funeral service.
- The date the deceased passed away.
- The name of the person writing the letter. (you need to add “for the [family name] family”.
A Sample Funeral Invitation Letter
THE BANKU FAMILY
P.O. Box 001
Accra – North
20TH September 2021.
Pure Water Company Ltd
Dear Mr. Fufu,
DEMISE OF MR. KOFI BANKU
Grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you! I write on behalf of the Banku family to announce the funeral arrangements of our father – Mr.Kofi Banku.
Mr. Kofi Banku was the CEO of Banku Group of Companies, a company you partnered with for ten (10) years.
Funeral arrangements are as follows:
THERE WILL BE NO WAKE.
FILE PAST: 10TH December 2021 at the Banku Faith Ministries International, Tema from 6:00 am to 8:00 am
BURIAL/MEMORIAL SERVICE: 10TH December 2021 at the Banku Faith Ministries International, Tema from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.
THANKSGIVING SERVICE: 11TH December 2021 at the Banku Faith Ministries International, Tema
INTERNMENT: Banku Family Cemetery
We count on your continuous support and we hope to see you at the funeral ceremony.
Mr. Akwasi Banku (For and on behalf of the Banku Family)
Funerals are sad events that we all pray against. But as the local Akan proverb translates, death is on the neck of human beings. As such, we will all go one day so the fact that you have lost someone today doesn’t mean that is the end of the world.
We at Asetena pray for the Lord to protect the entire family and grant you heavenly grief and comfort. I believe that this article has explained everything you need to know about how to write a funeral invitation letter in Ghana.