In the past, the obituary was used just as an announcement of a death - just the facts.
Today, they are increasingly used as an opportunity to reflect on a life well lived and how that life made a difference. This is extremely helpful to those unable to attend the services, as the obituary may be the only opportunity they have to reflect on the life of a relative, friend or colleague who has died.
Our funeral home will provide you with full assistance in composing the obituary.
However, for some, the process of writing an obituary is a special opportunity to say goodbye. It can be a wonderful tribute that gives us all a sense of who the person was and what they meant to those who knew and loved them. Though there are basic guidelines for writing an obituary, there are no hard and fast rules.
Basic Announcement Information
The lead paragraph of an obituary includes the name and address, including any past addresses where the person had community ties. The date and cause of death may also be included in this section at the discretion of the writer.
This section provides the time, date and location of any services being held, including the location of the final interment (cemetery or mausoleum). The obituary may also contain the locations involved with the scattering of ashes in case of a cremation.
Biographical Information & Life History
Next, if appropriate, some important facts about the person's life may be included. Occupations, memberships, community service, education and military service are typical examples. This section could also contain information about hobbies and favorite activities.
The list of surviving family members usually includes the names of spouses, parents, children and siblings along with their spouses and cities of residence. However, the names of grandchildren, other close relatives and special friends may also be included.
Some families provide the option of making charitable donations on behalf of the deceased in lieu of sending cards or flowers. In these situations, the address of the charity is necessary for contributors.
A Basic Obituary
Jonathon Q. Public, of Johnsonville, Idaho, died January 14, 2001, at the age of 83.
A service of Christian burial will be held at 3 p.m. on April 11, 2000 at The church of the Savior, 2121 S. Spring, Johnsonville, Idaho.
Born September 26, 1922 in Arcadia, KS, he was the third son of the late Andrew J. Public and the late Phobe Public (Abner). Jonathon lived most of his life in Johnsonville; he was an employee of Jillings International for 39 years. An active member of the local Lions club, Johnson served aboard submarines during World War II.
Mr. Public is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jackie (nee Carver); his son Bill; and his daughter Margie of Johnsonville, Mr. JPublic is also survived by five grandchildren: John, Betty, James, Turner and William.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks contributions be made to the America Cancer Society, 1800 W. Wight, Anywhere, MO 11111