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The Obituary: Sharing Snapshots of a Loved One's Life

The Obituary: Sharing Snapshots of a Loved One's Life

The traditional obituary acts as a news report to inform the community of an individual’s demise. Depending on the circumstances, a close relative or friend may be asked to write an obituary for a loved one who has passed on. Although obituaries are generally short and sweet, giving a mere glimpse into a person’s life, the writer can share whatever details they feel appropriate to honor a loved one who has passed on.

Writing an Obituary

A standard obituary contains such information as:

  • The name and age of the deceased
  • Their hometown
  • Date, place and cause of death
  • Brief biography of their life (occupation, education, military service, memberships, interests, etc.)
  • Names of surviving family
  • Information on where to attend the funeral

Before writing an obituary, collect all the personal data you need about the deceased from surviving family or friends to get your facts right. Your obituary can follow the above format, or you can create one of your own.

Obituaries can be published in one or several newspapers in your local area. You’ll have to contact the newspaper(s) in advance to reserve a spot in their obituary column. Most newspapers charge a fee for publishing an obituary; this fee may vary depending on the newspaper, length of the obituary and how long the obituary runs.    

If you’ve never written an obituary before, ask your newspaper to provide you with guidelines or samples of obituaries that you can follow. You can also pay your funeral home to write an obituary on your behalf if you desire.

A written tribute goes above and beyond an obituary in commemorating a loved one’s life. Through a tribute, you can share memories, special events, feelings, impressions and stories that help keep a person’s memory alive for generations to come.

Commemorating a Loved One with a Written Tribute 

A written tribute goes above and beyond an obituary in commemorating a loved one’s life. Through a tribute, you can share memories, special events, feelings, impressions and stories that help keep a person’s memory alive for generations to come.

Everyone has something special about their life that deserves recognition and appreciation. Writing a tribute gives you the opportunity to acknowledge a loved one’s character, attributes, contributions and quality of life. Through a written tribute, you can document cherished memories of a loved one who has passed on.  

When writing a tribute, you can share anecdotes or stories about the deceased that highlight positive qualities in his or her life. Your tribute can describe traits that make your loved one unique or special. You can also share personal feelings or impressions that stand out to you about a loved one’s life. Sharing intimate experiences or details about the deceased allows family and friends to partake of the legacy your loved one has left behind.    

DIY Obituary

For the creative at heart, there’s always the option of writing your own obituary and having it published upon your demise. DIY obituaries let you decide how to portray your life after you’re gone.    

Need help writing an obituary? Contact us

To learn more about tributes and obituary services, contact us at Pearson Funeral Home at 502-896-0349.