Obituary Placements – Example and Instructions

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Obituary Sample
Obituary Sample

Writing an obituary

Personalize your copy with the optional suggestions for inclusion in your obituary below each heading.

1. Main Announcement

  • Full name, nickname
  • Residence at time of death
  • Date of death
  • Age at time of death
  • Place of death, cause of death

2. Life

  • Date of birth, place of birth
  • Parents
  • Childhood
  • Marriage(s): date, spouse
  • Places of residence
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Other activities, service, hobbies
  • Awards, recognitions, achievements
  • Humor, attributes, memories, other stories

3. Survived by

(Places of residence, optional)

  • Spouse
  • Children: in order of birth, with spouses
  • Grandchildren
  • Great-grandchildren
  • Great-great-grandchildren
  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Siblings: in order of birth
  • Others: nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws
  • Friends
  • Pets (if appropriate)

4. Preceded in death by

  • Spouse
  • Children: in order of birth
  • Grandchildren
  • Siblings: in order of birth
  • Others: nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws

5. Services

  • Day, date, time, place
  • Visitation or viewing information
  • Reception information
  • Other memorial or vigil information
  • Place of interment
  • Name of funeral home in charge of arrangements
  • Any other special requests by the family regarding donations or charities

You may include service organization logos in the obituary as well. Here are examples.

Service Organizations

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