Tips to Write Obituary

Doing an obituary likely won’t qualify as the most fun writing project you’ve ever done, but it’s something that can be rewarding when you look at the end result. But how should you go about completing an obituary? Read on for tips on how to produce one you’ll be proud of.


Death Announcement


First things first. An obituary is basically a notice of death that tells the public that someone in the community has passed away. It is usually published in print newspapers, online publications and even on the website affiliated with the Antioch, TN cremations specialist you hire for the body disposition. This relatively short writeup lists the name of the deceased, the age of the person, the area where they lived, the date that the person passed away and the place where they died. You can include the cause of death if you choose to, but this can be omitted if it’s personal. You should be prepared, however, for curious people to inquire.




This is where you can get a bit creative. Since you won’t have a lot of space, you can’t write too much, so you’ll want to focus on the most important parts of the deceased person’s life. Be sure to list the person’s birthday, the name of his or her folks, the date of marriage, the name of his or her spouse, the name of the deceased person’s kids, job history and anything else that is newsworthy. Don’t worry about getting things down in chronological order. It’s more important that the piece flows well.


Loved Ones


You definitely have to mention the deceased’s close surviving relatives in the obituary. Try your best not to leave out anyone who should be listed. It’s important to remember that you can’t possibly include everyone. It should suffice to include the person’s spouse, kids, parents and siblings. Add others, such as aunts, uncles and grandparents, as space permits. You usually don’t have to include cousins.


Cremation Details


If you’ve opted for Antioch, TN cremations, you can list the details of the upcoming cremation service at the end of the obituary. Be sure to list the place, the date and the time so that those who want to attend can do so. You don’t have to hold any service connected to cremation, but you can if you so choose. It should be noted that you won’t have a funeral service if you opt for a direct cremation since direct cremation does not include those sorts of extras.


If you follow these tips, you’ll be well on your way towards writing a solid obituary in honor of your deceased relative. And while it won’t be the most fun you’ve ever had writing, you might have a sense of satisfaction when you’re done.


At Ellis Funeral Home & Cremation, we’re experts in cremations and funeral services. Our team is available to answer any of your questions and to make recommendations on body disposition options. Call us at (615) 255-5412 for a free consultation. You can also come by our office at 2627 Nolensville Pike Nashville, TN 37211 if you’d prefer to dialogue in person. Whenever you need us, we’ll be there for you.

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