When writing an obituary the newspaper can usually provide you with a form in which you can fill in the blanks with key information. However, doing this makes the obituary you are writing impersonal. If this is a family member or close friend you want to make sure this person is given the attention he deserves. This is one of the last things that will be read about them.
Often many people having to write an obituary wonder what information they should put about the deceased.
There are many questions you need to ask yourself before writing.
The essentials to writing an obituary are basically common knowledge of the deceased person. Here's the information that is typically included:
Some newspapers will have a limited word count or space amount for an obituary. Therefore, knowing what the word count or size of the space is important as to not get any of the information you are putting in the obituary left out.
An obituary does not have to be cut and dry or boring. This is an account of someone's life. You can give an account of the person's life in the way you see fit. You knew this person and know what he or she would want to be remembered for.
If you find it relevant then maybe it should be put in to tell about the person. The deceased was important to so many people, make this the last little biography and information their loved ones will read about them.
An obituary is often used by genealogists to capture information about a specific person. It is often easier to find an online obituary which was printed by a newspaper than it is to find the actual legal documents such as a birth or death certificate.
The details included in the obituary can serve to honor the deceased today and provide information for current friends and relatives and the details can provide a permanent record that may be of genealogical help. Adding nicknames, birth and death dates, last address, names of relatives, clubs and associations and place of burial can all be very helpful to the deceased's relatives for years to come.