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Crafting An Obituary In Four Steps

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Writing an obituary isn't something many people desire to be faced with needing to do. When you are needing to write an obituary for somebody, you may be wondering how to go about it effectively. Additionally you might be wondering how to start, what to say, and how to say it eloquently, simply to name some concerns. In this guide, I'll demonstrate crafting an obituary for a friend in just four easy steps.

how to write an obituary


Writing an obituary for any family member or friend can be achieved using an outline divided into four parts. The first part of the obituary is called the introduction. On a piece of paper, write the term "introduction." Under this header, list the individual's name, age (optional), date of death, and place of death. If you're comfortable with it, you may decide to include the reason for death, but this bit of information is rarely added today. You're only preparing the fundamental structure at this time. You'll fill in the obituary once you have completed the outline.

how to write a obituary

Background/Short biography

Moving further down the sheet of paper, write "Background/Bio." Under this header, list the highlights from the subject's life. You need to include date and place of birth, name of parents, any causes or organizations where the deceased was passionate or active. Name two or three things your loved ones member or friend truly enjoyed doing. For example, my grandmother's favorite hymn was "Mary," and I included this in her own obituary. Highlight any significant challenges this person overcame throughout their lifetime.

Surviving Relatives

It's customary to incorporate a summary of surviving relatives within an obituary. Start with spouse, children (as well as their spouses), and siblings. Next, list the amount of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins. You may even choose to mention friends and co-workers, without giving names or quantity.

how to write obituaries

Additional Information

For that final area of the obituary, write the title, "Additional information." Under this header, write the name and address of where wake and funeral services is going to be held. Also, optionally, write the address of where donations, condolences, and gifts can be sent.

In each one of the above sections, link the ideas listed into sentences and paragraphs, and edit for grammar and syntax. In four simple steps, you've completed the obituary. This is an emotional task, the one that lots of people never want to have to do. It's my sincere hope that this simple four step outline helps simplify obituary writing for you personally because it has for me personally.

Posted May 22, 2012 at 10:17am