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How To Write An Obituary

Published: April 5, 2021

An obituary is an important way to remember the people who matter most to us. Whether you are writing a loved one's obituary or sitting down to write your own, a great obituary can sometimes be overwhelming to write.


When writing a loved ones obituary you want to not only capture their spirit, but share their life story so it will live on forever. If you have recently lost a loved one and are needing to write an obituary but aren’t quite sure how to start, you may find the following steps useful.


Step 1: Announce the Death


The first step you want to start off with is announcing the death of your loved one. You will want to start off with the full name of your loved one (first, middle, and last name, maiden name, suffixes, etc.), their age, where they lived, the date they passed away, and a brief description of where.


Example: Jane Marie Doe, age 80, of Chicago, Illinois passed away on June 10, 2010 at her home.


Step 2: Share their Life Story


This step of the obituary is where you get to share the highlights of your loved ones life story. You get to share what they did and what they were like. Some of the biological information you may also want to include in your obituary are their date of birth, education, marriage information, work history, accomplishments, hobbies, military services/rank, places of employment, or any places they have lived.


Step 3: List Family Members


Obituaries often include information on surviving family members as well as the ones who previously died. When listing the family members of the person who you are writing the obituary for, you want to start off with the next of kin (spouse, parents, children, etc.). When deciding who to list, consider who was the most important to your loved one.


Step 4: Funeral or Memorial Service Information


In this step you want to provide the date, time, and place of the visitation, memorial service, and/or funeral. You also want to make sure to let people know if it will be a private service. Be sure to always include the Funeral Home name so others can reach out to them if they have any questions regarding the service.


Step 5: Select A Photo


Be sure to choose a photo that represents your loved one the most. This can be a recent photograph of your loved one or a photograph of them in their youth.



Need additional help when writing an obituary? Call Roupp Funeral Home at 570-966-2402 and speak with one of our funeral directors. They are always happy to help or provide insight. It’s also very helpful to ask a family member or friend for help and support. It’s always great to have a second opinion and someone to check for errors.


 
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