How to Write an Obituary: A Step-by-Step Guide -CEFR

Here is a step-by-step guide to preparing all of the essential elements in an obituary.

1. Death Announcement

The deceased's name, age, and domicile, as well as the date and location of their death, come first. There are various methods to express this distinguishing remark and notice of death. Common versions of this phrase include "passed away," "died," "went to be with his Lord," "after a protracted battle with cancer," and "surrounded by her family."

2. Personal Narrative

The operative term here is sketch. An obituary is not a biography; rather, it is a summary of the key moments, traits, accomplishments, and relationships in a person's life. The date and location of birth, the names of the parents, including the mother's maiden name (for example, Jack and Bill (Maiden name)), the date and location of marriage, the name by which the spouse was born, education, employment, and military service are among the most significant universal milestones. Because an obituary is not a formal document, you should use your best judgment if you feel that a stepparent should be included as a parent, that a divorce need not be mentioned, or that a particular event should be left out.

3. Family

The funeral is for the living, so the saying goes. The naming of survivors and those who died before your loved one is one of the most crucial sections of the obituary, which is also for the living (remember that preceded means to come before, while proceeded means moved through). This is a portion that substantially benefits from planning. Important relatives may be overlooked during the chaos and distraction of sorrow. While it's awful if we neglect to mention a pastime or interest, forgetting to mention a stepchild or sibling might be upsetting.

4. Serving Hours

Local customs differ, so check your local papers for the precise order of the services. Better still, let your funeral director handle this. the time, full date, and location of the funeral ceremony, along with the name of the officiant; the time, full date, and location of the burial or interment, if appropriate; and lastly, the time, full date, and location of the visitation (s). Please keep in mind that whereas internment involves forcing a person to stay somewhere against their choice, an internment involves depositing remains in the spot where they will rest.

5. Special Notes

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be donated to.., or 'Special Thanks to the staff at Hospital for..', or 'We will always carry your memory in our hearts', may be included at the conclusion of an obituary. Sometimes the conclusion includes a brief prayer or a passage from a poem. These statements are optional but can be used to convey information that didn't fit in the obituary's main body.