How to Write an Obituary That Is as Honorable as It Is Memorable

Writing an obituary is a difficult process. You want what you write to be absolutely perfect for your deceased loved one, but staying strong while writing it out isn’t always the easiest task. How can you find all of the right words to say about someone so special?

Will you ever be able to write an obituary that’s good enough for your deceased loved one? Do you have the strength to put everything in words without breaking down? These are some concerns that you might be facing, and it’s expected.

What’s important to know is that there will never be enough beautiful words to say about him or her. What you can do is focus on the most meaningful details and give yourself some slack along the way.

It’s never easy to come to terms with a death in the family, but writing an obituary can be a bit easier when following these tips below.

Information About the Passing

Most obituaries start out by announcing the death of the loved one. You’ll want to include the full name and even a nickname if desired. Write the birth year, date of passing, age at passing, and location.

If the location of the passing is not the same as his or her residence location, then you can add both places. Some decide to add the cause of death while others do not.

Details of Life Events

Obituaries usually include some details of the most important life events. You can consider writing the place of birth, date of marriage with spouse’s name, degrees earned, military rankings, hobbies, organizations he or she was a part of, and more.

Think about your loved one’s most special life moments and be sure to include them.

List of Family Members

A list of family members is always a nice thing to include in an obituary. For some, however, a list of all family members would take up several pages. For this reason, you can list the spouse, children (and the children’s spouse), grandchildren, siblings, and parents.

If there are too many names to list out, you can simply put something along the lines of, “and her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren,” for example.

Information About the Funeral

The next step is to add information regarding the funeral or memorial service. Give details including when, where, and what. Some decide to have visitation at home and a funeral service at a funeral home

Be sure to list all details so that there’s no confusion. If no service will be held, make this information known as well.

Photo of Your Loved One

The last thing you’ll want to do is choose a favorite photo of your loved one to be placed at the top of the obituary. Find a photo that clearly shows their beautiful face. You can always ask family members to help you find the right one. 

Sometimes It’s Hard to Write an Obituary, but We’re Here to Help!

If you need to write an obituary but are struggling, then we hope this guide has been helpful. Follow these steps above and remember that you might not ever find the right words to say, but the words you choose will be perfect.

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