Guide to Writing Obituaries

An Obituary is Both a Personal Story and a Public Announcement.

When writing an obituary, it is important to include pertinent details like the time and date of the funeral or graveside services, the funeral home where services will take place, where to send flowers or donations, information about a viewing or memorial service, surviving family members, etc. Providing this information will give others an opportunity to remember the deceased.

An obituary is also personal. It is a short biography containing the highlights of an entire life. It is something that will be saved and become a part of your family history. It is often helpful to write with future generations in mind, telling the story of a life well lived. We advocate for writing your own obituary well in advance. It is an important way to share a piece of yourself with posterity. What do you want your future grandchildren to know about you? What moments have you captured through photos that you wish to include?

Writing your obituary may seem sad or morbid, but in reality, it is a tradition that allows your life to continue having an impact well into the future. Writing your own story is a unique opportunity to leave a legacy and become a lasting part of your family’s written history. How will they remember you?

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