A Short Guide to Writing Obituaries

Signing documents

An obituary is a public announcement of a death, typically published in a newspaper or online resource. Writing an obituary provides you with the opportunity to share your loved one’s life with others. It is often best to start with your loved one’s full name, date of birth, and date of death. You may choose to include the cause of death as well. Obituaries often contain a brief outline of the deceased’s life, noting special achievements and dates, such as graduation and marriage. You may also wish to include information about your loved one’s career, beliefs, hobbies, and family life. Other information that an obituary may contain include military service and honors, volunteer services, education, favorite travel places, and favorite music. Close your obituary with a list of surviving close family members and, if you wish, a public announcement of where and when funeral services will be held.

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