How To Write A Funeral Obituary

The obituary is one of the most important documents you will need when organizing a funeral or memorial service. It is included within the printed memorial such as the funeral program, as well as online and within newspapers.  

First, you want to include the basic information such as the loved-one’s full name, date of birth through date of Death.  The amount of details you want to give is up to you and will depend on how much room you are allotted online or within the printed memorial. 
Stating the cause of death may keep you from explaining the circumstances repeatedly so you may want to include that, although this is strictly optional. Add their Work history, military service information, special hobbies and clubs, if applicable.  List the spouse, life partner, parents, siblings, children and grandchildren. Decide whether you will also list the deceased relatives as well.  
Give a brief biographical history, including birth place and where he or she grew up. You can tell the schools that were attended. Give Information about church and religious affiliations and clubs and organizations that the deceased was a part of. You can also elaborate on hobbies and interests.
Other information such as the information for the Funeral and Memorial service is pertinent,  such as the date and time of viewing, location of service and dates, where flowers can be sent to, preferred charities and where to send any donations.
Typically, an obituary in the newspaper will include a single photo. The funeral program can contain the same photo or more photos that you want to highlight throughout the life of the deceased. You may find that the newspaper obituary will be more limited in amount of text than the funeral program. So you may want to write the full length version first, then you can create a more condensed version for the newspaper.
This should be more than enough information to write a basic obituary. To view examples of written obituaries, visit our online superstore. Thanks for watching, we’ll see you next time in our next video only here at the funeral program site dot com!
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