How To Write An Obituary Notice

By: Tom Gallagher
Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Writing an obituary notice can be tough, primarily if you’ve never written one before and are deep in sorrow, dealing with your loss. At Shalom Chapel, we often advise our clients and offer tips to help them get it right.

Tips To Write An Obituary Notice

An obituary should have a personal, informative, and compassionate tone. In addition, here are some useful pointers for writing an obituary notice:

1. Don’t Forget All The Essential Information

Include essential information to help readers recognize the person who has passed away. The details to include are:

  • The deceased’s name
  • His/her time and place of birth
  • His/her place and time of demise  
  • Their permanent residence
  • Names of immediate family members
  • Professional designation or occupation
  • If they were a veteran – their branch and rank in the military

Include the person’s full name and recheck whether the information you have added is accurate. If they had a nickname, mention it for easy recognition.

2. Information Related To Funeral Arrangements  

If you are planning a funeral service, a memorial service, or a celebration of life, mention those details in the obituary notice. Add your contact details so people can call you if required to offer their condolences. With all this information readily available, people will not find it difficult to attend the funeral.

3. Add A Personalized Touch To The Obituary

If you don’t write anything apart from the basic information, it will make the notice look impersonal. However, if you mention snippets about that person’s life citing their interests, character, passions, etc., it will make the obituary more personal. Keep it concise without compromising on the details. It’s also a good idea to discuss the inclusions with your family and get their input.

If you need information about our funeral services and preplanning, please contact Shalom Chapel. We are here to provide you with all the details you need with these services.

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