Funeral pre-planning entails a handful of different elements, from seeking grief support to
choosing a funeral home. The obituary is another important factor to consider
after the passing of a loved one. It’s important that you write
one that honors your loved one. Keep reading for a closer look at these
tips for writing an obituary.
Paint a picture.
When you write an obituary for a loved one, think about the qualities
that made the person so special. An obituary gives people a chance to
see a deceased friend, family member, or acquaintance in the same light
in which their closest loved ones saw them. Take this opportunity to write
kind words about your deceased loved one; talk about what he or she liked
to do, discuss prevalent personality traits, and mention a few things
that the person considered important in life.
Name surviving family members.
In addition to describing the deceased, obituaries will commonly name
surviving family members. You can mention any kids or grandkids the departed
may have had, and you can also talk about his or her parents. Think about
the people whom your loved one was closest with; you don’t necessarily
have to limit your mentions to immediate family. Family members will appreciate
being included in the obituary of their cherished friend or relative.
People who read the obituaries might not necessarily know your friend
or relative’s name, but they could recognize yours and extend their
condolences to your family.
Offer details about memorial services.
One of the most practical purposes of an obituary is making people aware
of memorial services. Wakes, funerals, and cremation services typically
happen shortly after a person passes, and people have busy schedules.
There may be people who care for your lost loved one who were not otherwise
aware of his or her passing; an obituary can allow these people to attend
the funeral services.
If you want to learn more about writing an obituary or planning a funeral
near Oakland, contact
Chapel of the Chimes Oakland. Give us a call at (510) 654-0123 to get more information about our funeral
planning and grief support services.