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How to Write an Obituary

How To Write An Obituary

It can be a daunting task. There are many things to consider. But before you begin to write an obituary, let’s determine what an obituary is.

An obituary is often referred to as a notice of death, often called a funeral notice. It informs others of someone’s death.

Although there is no rule, most obituaries are written as a matter-of-fact, containing information about a person’s death; the time and place of death; causes or circumstances of death; surviving relatives; religious services and any other burial and funeral arrangements.

This informational approach is often favored when an obituary is placed in local newspapers. This is due to cost and space limitations. Most newspapers charge by line, but the amount of characters per line can vary depending on the publications font and column width. So for many, financial considerations go into the information that gets printed, especially if more than one publication is used.

When space is not a consideration, writing an obituary can become a memorial and what you write can truly become a tribute to a loved one’s life as well as a notice of their death.

HealGrief offers our users, free of charge, an opportunity to write an obituary and the ability to send it as a funeral notice. Users gain comfort as others instantly pay tribute as they too write and express sympathy for their loved one. Additional comfort is gained when family and friends share memories, photos and light virtual candles, celebrating their loved one’s life too.

Since space is not limited and cost is no longer a financial consideration, here you can become more thoughtful when you write your tribute. You may choose to create and write more of a eulogy. You may choose to add any unique, outstanding or major attributes. You might want to provide a chronology of early life (moves, education, marriage, occupation and employment history). At this time you may add your own personal thoughts or add them after this memorial has been published.

At HealGrief you are prompted on how to write throughout the entire process. Once you write an obituary and completed your tribute you’ll be able to choose from various backgrounds that frame your loved one’s tribute.

Before you begin to write, we suggest you gather the following:

  • Decedent’s full name as you would like it to be published.
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Date of death
  • Photo that can be uploaded from your computer
  • Funeral date and time
  • Name and address of where services will be held

Beyond the specifics of this checklist, your tribute can be as long or short, as detailed or simple as you’d like. Remember, you can edit it at any time once it’s been created.

Writing a funeral notice

Here you can view examples of obituaries, funeral notices and memorials that others have created.


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