Writing an obituary is a difficult and emotional task. First, you will need to gather information from family and friends of the deceased about their childhood, education, career and hobbies and interests. As well, speak to the funeral home to receive any important information on the date, time and location of any funeral service, or other funeral related events. Using the template will help make the process easier and will ensure you write a properly structured obituary.
Instructions: Replace all items in ITALICS below with the appropriate information.
[GIVEN NAME] [MIDDLE NAME] “NICKNAME” [SURNAME], [AGE] of [CITY], [STATE], passed away on [DATE OF DEATH].
[NAME] was a native of [CITY] and a longtime resident of [CITY].
He/she was preceded in death by his/her [RELATION], [NAME]; [NEXT RELATION], [NAME]; ETC…
He/she is survived by his/her [RELATION], [NAME] of [CITY]; [NEXT RELATION], [NAME]; ETC…
The family requests that memorial donations be made to [MEMORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS], [ADDRESS].
The visitation for family and friends will be held from [TIME] on [DAY OF WEEK], [MONTH DAY, YEAR] at [LOCATION], [ADDRESS OF LOCATION]. The funeral ceremony will be held on [DAY OF WEEK], [MONTH DAY, YEAR] at [LOCATION], [ADDRESS OF LOCATION IF DIFFERENT THAN VISITATION]. Burial will follow at [LOCATION].
RIEMANN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, [ADDRESS OF LOCATION SERVING FAMILY], is serving the family.
An online obituary may be viewed and condolences and photos shared a www.riemannfamily.com.
Remember most newspapers charge by the word, this template is good for getting all the information necessary in as few words possible. However, this template is not written in stone. You can make any adjustments you feel necessary.