How to Write a Beautiful Obituary

How to Write a Beautiful Obituary

When someone you love passes away, their obituary is a way to tell the world about them. Who they were, and their importance in the world. No matter how long or short their stay on earth, every person has made an impact that you may attempt to capture in their obituary.

While writing this final piece is a great honour, it’s also a real challenge to fit everything into one small section of writing. Here are some tips to help you out.

Death Announcement

The main part of the obituary should begin with the announcement of death. This information should take up just one sentence which will include the name, age, and day of passing of the deceased, along with a quick description. Most people prefer not to mention the cause of death, but it is your choice.

Basic Biographical Details

Who someone is coming from their childhood, their family, and their experiences. You may include this information if you wish. Birthdate and place may be important for you to share, but you don’t have to. Important details such as studies, workplaces, and marriages or children should be included for most adults. Alternatively, you may prefer to mention family members later in the obituary.

Capture Their Essence

Who was your loved one underneath it all? What did people know them for? Pull this essence into the obituary with a paragraph describing them. This may include their hobbies or a characteristic that made them special. A warm smile, the ever-present homemade cookies, always willing to lend a hand, these are the things that we remember about people and they should be included in their memorial.

This is the most important part of the obituary and it will be what people know most about this person, even if they never met them. If you need inspiration, talk to other family members to capture their best memories. There’s no shortage of ways to describe a person, so you may need to hone this section until you get it just right.

Family Members

Finally, you should finish off by sharing the most important people in their lives. For example, who died before this person? Who will be mourning? It’s common to mention the closest relatives by name, though others may be referred to generally, such as “12 grandchildren” or “multiple cousins.”

Funeral or Memorial Details

If you wish people to have the ability to attend the funeral, provide these details in the obituary. You may also include any information regarding flowers or donations.

Once you’ve written everything, take the time to go over the entire thing and rework it until you’re happy. Then you can submit it to the paper, funeral home, or anywhere you wish to have it published.

If you’re in need of funeral services, please contact Callum Robertson Funeral Directors and let us know how we can help.

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