An obituary is a way for people to be remembered after their death. Depending on the person, money spent and available room. It can be as small as a one-inch advertisement or as large as a whole page. Until now you have made the funeral shopping list.
A good one starts with a thorough knowledge of the person being written about. No one wants to put the wrong information down about a person who is deceased and have to print a correction about it later. This is an important step when you are planning a funeral.
Also, there may be family members who are estranged from the person that they would or would not have wanted included in the statement.
Another consideration to make sure of is if the person was married more than once and has other children that should be mentioned as well.
After all of the correct information is in order, then the person submitting the obituary should check with the newspaper that is going to print it. Specifications about the length, size, and design need to be agreed on as well as the price of the space it’s printed in.
When placing the obituary, the person writing it should check very quickly after the time of death about getting it put into the paper. If there is a wake or public service, people need as much notice as they can get in order to plan their attendance.
The writer wants to have a serious, yet sensitive tone. Death, especially of a loved friend or family member, is not an easy subject for many folks. Making the obituary in a simple way with a tone of remembrance and a bit of loss will usually work just fine.
A couple of other necessary information pieces that should be included when writing a good obituary include the city and state the person was living in when they passed.
Also, many people who write obituaries include a simple statement explaining the cause of death. This section does not have to be complicated, but just a note such as died of natural causes or passing due to an accident.
One last important note about an obituary is to be aware of the person’s religious beliefs. The writer may actually, without even knowing it, disrespect the deceased or their family by putting in religious language that is not appropriate.