Writing an obituary is an important way to honor your loved one’s life and to announce their passing. While it may seem emotionally challenging it celebrates their achievements and legacy. It may also help you process the grief experienced after your loved one’s death.
Most obituaries contain the following information:.
- Biographical facts and photograph – Include your loved one’s full name, birth date and place and most recent residence. Add a current or favorite photograph.
- Date and location of death – You may choose to add the cause of death.
- Survivors – List your deceased loved one’s spouse, children and their spouses if applicable, parents, siblings and other close relatives. Add predeceased loved ones in birth order after listing living family members.
- Background facts – Include accomplishments like education, employment, affiliations, hobbies, and charitable or military service.
- Final services information – Provide the date, time and location of funerals, memorials, viewings or wakes. Add the funeral provider’s telephone contact, for example, so others may call for information.
- Suggested memorial contributions – Offering loved ones a way to take action can help them to heal. Request contributions to memorial accounts or charities. Add the address or website for donations to organizations that were important to your loved one.
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