For those dealing with the passing of a loved one or friend, the writing of an obituary can be very important. This is an opportunity to memorialize the memory of this person with kind words about them and their life, a lasting message that can be read both by the public and by those this person knew.
At Lindquist Mortuaries, we are happy to assist with the conceiving, writing and posting of obituaries as part of our funeral planning services. We can also inform you on the types of obituaries – in many cases, families will write one shorter obituary that goes into newspapers or other publications, but then another, longer one that’s listed in the funeral program, which contains fewer space and cost restrictions. In today’s post, we’ll go over some basic structural recommendations for writing expanded obituaries for funeral services.
To start with, list an announcement of death in simple, basic terms. This will generally list the name of the departed, their age, and the date on which they passed away. Some families will also include the location of the passing, as well as the cause.
The next section will be the one that leaves the most availability for creativity and a personal touch. It’s a great place to list the details of this person’s life, from the basics like their birth and the places they lived to more detailed stories and memories of them. Include all simple information like children, career, hobbies and the kinds of things friends and family will remember them for.
In addition, consider the legacy left by the person who has passed. Note the ways they’ve impacted not only their family and friends, but also the community and the world around them. An obituary like this is a perfect place to note the way someone’s deeds in life will live on even after they’ve passed.
Another common area of an obituary is a section that lists the family of the loved one. This will generally include both those who proceeded this person in death and those who survive. How exactly you list this may depend on the size of your family – smaller families can list each individual member, but larger ones may have to include language that’s a bit more general. This also depends on the amount of space you have available for this section.
Finally, this obituary and program can contain details of the service that’s being held. It will list obvious areas like the date, time and location, and may also go into the order of proceedings or other details.
For more on writing an extended obituary for a funeral service, or to learn about any of our funeral arrangements or other mortuary services, speak to the staff at Lindquist Mortuaries today.