18 Jan How to Write a Great Obituary
Writing the obituary of a loved one can be a daunting task. While it’s primary purpose is to communicate the passing of a dear friend, neighbor, and family member to the community, it also serves alongside the funeral service as a memorial to honor the deceased. During times of grief, writing an obituary can easily fall by the wayside, or you may not even know where to start. Here are some tips on how to write a meaningful tribute to your loved one.
1. Determine the Required Format
Different newspapers will have different standard formats and lengths for their obituaries. So, before you sit down to write the obituary determine what the case is for your local paper. You can call City View Memoriam at (801) 363-7065 for assistance, or you can take a look at the obituaries in your local newspaper to get an idea for how they are formatted. It is often standard practice to have a brief obituary in the newspaper and a longer one on the funeral home’s website.
2. Make Information Easy to Find
It should be easy for readers to determine whether or not they know the deceased, and when and where the funeral services will be happening.
3. Keep It Brief
A good obituary should sum up some of the most important contributions of a person’s life without going on too long. Some good things to include are place of birth, date of marriage, their spouse’s name, any family members that are surviving the deceased, and significant accomplishments. But don’t forget to add interesting facts, quirks, or cherished memories that you feel communicate the person’s unique personality.
4. Make It Special
A meaningful line from a poem, prayer or a special thank you to to those that assisted during your loved one’s final days are a great way to end an obituary. Adding photos can provide a nice reminder of the deceased and allow loved ones to find their obituary more quickly.
When it’s time to choose a venue for your loved one’s memorial services, choose City View Memoriam. We’ll help you provide a meaningful tribute to your dearly departed. To learn more about our services, visit our website or call us at (801) 363-7065.