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An obituary is a news release announcing the passing of your loved one, so friends, relatives, are informed about the details of the service as well a glimpse into his or her life.

An appropriate structure for an obituary should include:

  • A brief announcement of the death, where it happened, cause of death (if appropriate), when and where he or she was born, and the name of his or her spouse.
  • List surviving relatives, as well as family members who preceded the deceased in death,
  • A brief story of the person’s life. Elements could include place of birth, education, hobbies and interests, plus any major life accomplishments, This part of the obituary is an opportunity to pay tribute to a life well ivied.
  • Next, include details of the funeral – time and place, schedule of events, including wake, service, graveside service, etc. If some of this is private for family only, it’s ok to exclude it from the write-up,
  • Think about some closing words, such as a poem or a quote. This is where it is appropriate to thank organizations or family members who played an important role in the life of the deceased, or who helped with the arrangements.
  • Your funeral director can assist you in distributing the obituary to the local media outlets,  If you have any special requests, like sending the release to a college alumni magazine or a newspaper where the deceased previously lived, please bring that to his or her attention.

The obituary is a lasting tribute to the deceased. If you don’t feel it is something you can write yourself, you can delegate it to a professional. He or she will know all the right questions to ask,

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