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Obituary Guidelines

Posted on December 4, 2016

When writing a obituary there are usually 6 – 7 paragraphs. This obituary guideline may help you get started.

Name of Deceased (Maiden Name)

Date of Birth – Date of Death

1)      Place of Death:

*Peacefully, *After a lengthy illness, *Suddenly, *After a brief illness, *Courageous battle with… *Accidentally, *Deep sadness, Profound sadness

2)       Survivors:

*Spouse, *Children, *Grandchildren, *Parents, *Great grandchildren, *Brothers, * Sisters, *Aunts, *Uncles, * Nieces, *Nephews, *Special Friend.

3)        Predeceased:

*Spouse, *Children, *Parents, *Brothers, *Sisters, *Grandchildren.

4)        History:

*Born, *Educated, *When married, *Hobbies, *Achievements, *Groups, *Affiliations.

5)        Funeral Service:

*When, *Time, *Place, *Visitation, *Prayers, *Clergy, *Honorary Pallbearers, *Active Pallbearers, *Cemetery.

6)        Memorial Donations:

*In lieu of flowers, *If friends so desire, *Flowers gratefully declined.

7)        Thank yous:

*Doctors, *Nurses, *Hospital staff, * Paramedics, *Emergency Personnel.

8)        Poem:


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