A Breakdown of the Various Steps Involved in the Writing an Obituary

Structuring – It is never easy to experience the loss of a loved one, but making the effort to compose an obituary for the deceased can be a meaningful way to celebrate and commemorate their life. Not only can an obituary provide vital information about your departed loved one, such as the date and time of their passing and the location and time of the memorial service, but it can also paint a picture of the life that they led. When you have finished writing and revising your obituary, you can send it off to the local papers to let people know how significant your loved one was to you and how much you will miss them.

1.  In the first sentence, announce the deceased person’s name and the time of their passing. In the first sentence you write about them, you should state their name, where they lived, and the year that they passed away. You are not required to specify the reason for the person’s passing if you do not wish to do so. Maintain brevity and get right to the point in the sentence so that you have room to elaborate on other points throughout the obituary.

2. In the following paragraph, include a brief summary of their life’s experiences. Create a list that includes your loved one’s parents, the city where they were born, and significant life events that occurred during their lifetime. You can either list the events in chronological order, or you can put them in the order of what is most important to you. Either way works. To ensure that the obituary is clear and easy to read, you should strive to use as few words as possible.

3. Include a brief paragraph describing your interests, passions, or other distinguishing qualities about yourself. The inclusion of personal details will help others understand what it was like to live in the same world as your cherished one by capturing their spirit. Make a list of the people they interacted with and the hobbies or activities they actively participated in, as well as how those interactions affected other people.

4. In the third paragraph, please list the members of your immediate family. Mention close family members by name, including members of your immediate family and your parents. Use a collective phrase or just list the specific number of members of extended family when you want to list them. Use the phrase “preceded in death by” for those who passed away before your loved one, and use the phrase “survived by” before listing any relatives who are still alive in the family tree.

5. If the funeral service will be open to the public, provide specific information about it. Include the time and date of the event, in addition to the name of the funeral home, if it is going to be open to the public. Be sure to list the specifics, especially the location, so that others who were close to your loved one can find their way there.

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