Guide to Writing a Proper Obituary
What an Obituary Should Include
- Full name of deceased
- Time, place and circumstance of death
- Biographical information about the life of the deceased
- Survivors: parents, spouse and children, adopted, half and step children, sibling and half and step siblings, grandparents and in some cases close friends
- Funeral service, wake, viewing, repast and other service information
- Instructions on how to honor the deceased (flowers or charity donation information)
- Someone in charge of funeral arrangements should be listed with a phone number
- Sometimes a photograph of the deceased
How to Write an Obituary
- Remember an obituary details the life of the deceased and can be written as a story. Obituary length is sometimes dictated by space available, so be sure to check with the newspaper to determine how much room there is. Most newspapers charge by the word, so keep that in mind.
- Obituaries Include biographical information about the deceased including their interests, education, things they accomplished, hobbies and other significant events in their life.
- Surviving relatives should be listed by name and other relatives can be listed by number in terms of their relationship. For example, the deceased had 7 nieces and 9 grandchildren.
- List the services that will be held, and all details of these services. Be sure to mention where to send flowers, or if you choose to have donations made instead list where to make the donation.