How To Write An Obituary Notice

By: Tom Gallagher
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

When a death occurs in a family, a formal announcement is generally made in local publications to inform people about it. This obituary notice is a brief that mentions the date of passing, the funeral and memorial service dates and an expression of sorrow.

It covers personal details. People are often not sure about what needs to be written in an obituary. They struggle over its contents and how to say. Here are some tips to follow:

1. Details To Cover

A death notice or an obituary needs to cover some very basic information about the deceased. In addition to the funeral and memorial service dates, you need to mention:

  • Full and correct name
  • Date of birth and death
  • Survived by wife or husband and children (their names)
  • Birthplace (if desired)
  • Where the person died (if desired)
  • Information related to the funeral
  • Where the person resided

This is a broad list and it is useful to talk to family members about the contents.

2. A Touch Of Personal Details

While mentioning the bare facts is important, it has to interest the targeted readers. So, it is necessary to add some personal details. In this way, the deceased person’s interactions with others get highlighted. You can add details about hobbies, the person’s sense of humor, love for music or passions. These details add zest to the obituary, urging people to read it and also drawing attention to how you are affected by the person’s demise.

3. Collaborate With Others

Instead of writing the obituary all by yourself, ask family members of close friends to contribute. When they add a line or two, it creates a different image of the departed.

If you want information about our services here at Thomas M. Gallagher Funeral Home, reach out to us via our online form or give us a call 318-640-1375 today. We're here to help.

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