How to Write an Obituary

How to Write an Obituary 

 Writing an obituary can be a difficult and emotional task. First, you will need to gather information from family and friends of the deceased about their childhood, education, career and hobbies and interests. As well, speak to the funeral home to receive any important information on the date, time and location of any funeral service, or other funeral related events. Using the template will help make the process easier and will ensure you write a properly structured obituary. 


 Instructions: Replace all the items in capitals below with the appropriate information.  


GIVEN NAME, MIDDLE NAME (AND NICKNAME) SURNAME, AGE, of CITY, STATE, passed away on DATE OF DEATH in LOCATION OF DEATH.  


NAME  was born in LOCATION OF BIRTH to PARENTS NAMES on DATE OF BIRTH. He/she went on to earn a degree/certificate in DEGREE TYPE from SCHOOL NAME. He/she worked as a JOB TYPE for COMPANY for a NUMBER OF YEARS.  He/she enjoyed ACTIVITIES/HOBBIES. He/she received AWARDS/HONORS and was involved in CHARITIES/ORGANIZATIONS.  


NAME is survived by his/her RELATION, NAME of CITY. (List of all survivors: spouse children, siblings, parents, grandchildren, nieces and nephews). He/she is preceded in death by his/her RELATION, NAME. (list predeceased: spouse, parents, children and siblings.)


 Funeral service will be held at (LOCATION) on DATE at TIME with Reverend NAME of CHURCH officiating. Burial will be followed at CEMETERY NAME, CEMETERY LOCATION. Visitation will be held at LOCATION on DATE at TIME. NAME OF FUNERAL HOME will be handling the funeral home arrangements. 


 Memorial donations ma be made to ORGANIZATION NAME, MAILING ADDRESS.  The family wishes to extend their gratitude to ORGANIZATION/NAME.
FINAL WORDS. 


 Remember most newspapers charge by the word, this template is good for getting all the information necessary in as few words as possible. However, this template can be changed based on what you feel is necessary. 

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