Writing an Obituary

The obituary is probably the most important document used during the funeral or memorial process. It usually serves as the official “death notice” and can be published in local newspapers to notify the public of death.  The obituary can also be published in funeral programs and booklets and other memorial keepsakes.  It gives details about the deceased, as well as details about the funeral or memorial services. It is usually one of the first tasks that you must complete.

Writing an obituary does not have to be a stressful process. There are many different resources available to help you. The Internet has a wide range of articles on how to write an obituary as well as a variety of sample obituaries to help you get started.

Generally, there are two types of obituaries. Short and concise obituaries and Longer more detailed obituaries. The short obituary usually contains basic information such as the full name, place of residence, birth and death date. Specifics about funeral and memorial arrangements are also given if the obituary is published in the newspaper.

Longer obituaries contain more detailed biographical information. Examples of information include the following:

Birth and Death Date
Place of birth and death
Cause of death (optional)
Schools attended/graduated
Military service and jobs held
Religious or civil organizations and affiliations
Family members

Funeral Program Obituary

An obituary for a funeral program should be longer and detailed and tell of your loved one’s personality and character, in addition to personal accomplishments and milestones. You may to consider including information about hobbies, special skills or passions. You can also include traits or quirks that makes that person unique. You can also include special saying and quotes that your loved one used to say. Remember, the obituary for the funeral program should be help you remember the special qualities of your loved one special and different.

Detailed funeral obituaries can be read at funeral or memorials services, and are often published in funeral or obituary programs which are printed and given out during the viewings or funeral services. These printed programs serve as keepsakes to help remember and cherish the memories of the deceased for years to come.