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How to Create an Obituary

An obituary is a biography of a deceased that includes in chronological order their life in a summary and is a notice of a person’s death usually with a short biographical account.

Obituaries are a way to pay tribute to a life and share their accomplishments, service, and care for others They are published in a local newspaper or funeral program that is distributed at the memorial service.

Obituaries are a form of death notice or can be referred to as a funeral notice which is a paid advertisement written by family members and placed in a newspaper. They contain concise information about the deceased name, birthdate, date of death, and cause of death.

Often, at the end of a newspaper obituary, a closing paragraph will indicate where the location, date and time of the memorial or funeral service will be held. To create an obituary, its necessary to get some background information about the deceased. Perhaps a resume, speaking with other family members and friends will assist you in gathering information.

There are also some resources on the web that have free forms you can download that outline what type of information you need to get before creating an obituary. This can help guide you better on the type of data you will need to obtain.

An obituary begins with the early life of the deceased, indicating birthplace and date of birth. Then you want to cover where the grew up, attended school, and/or college. You will then indicate if they married, served in the armed forces, and had children. You will want to note in the obituary who the surviving members of the family are by name.

You also may want to include how they died in a general statement without going into too much detail. In closing, it’s a good idea to make note of the location, date and time of the memorial service so others who have known the deceased from within the community may attend the service. This way, you do not have to contact everyone the deceased ever knew. There are many people who read the obituary section of the newspaper everyday as part of their daily reading.

Once you have created the obituary, it can be used in other venues other than publishing it in the newspaper. You can place it in the funeral program which is highly recommended. The funeral program is a long time keepsake and having an account of the deceased life helps to highlight who they were.

The obituary will be kept a long time and is a great document to have for all members of the family for keeping in your own archives.

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