An obituary is the opportunity to express your love and admiration for your loved one, as well as a chance to say goodbye. Writing an obituary is an important aspect of funeral planning, as it will notify the community of your loved one’s passing and share service times with them. It helps to start with a template, so the staff at Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home in Cincinnati, OH, have put together a list of essential elements to add to the obituary.
Funeral Planning: An Outline for Your Obituary
1. Announce the Death & Highlight the Life
Start with the name, age, and time and place of death for the deceased. It’s up to you whether you would like to share the cause of death; it will by no means be expected. You can also briefly highlight the life of your loved one, with the most important family information and life achievements listed. This can include date and place of birth, family members’ names, date and place of marriage, military service, education, passions, and work. You can also share how your loved one impacted their community and the lives of those around them.
2. Service Information
There may be people you do not know in the community who felt close to your loved one. Whether it’s a funeral or memorial service you’d like to invite them to, extend this invitation in the obituary with all the important information shared, such as the date, time, place, and any special requests for gifts or donations to be made in the deceased’s name in lieu of gifts.
Photographs may incur an extra charge in your obituary and are optional. However, they can be a nice way to honor your loved one and may capture the attention of those who otherwise would not be reading that section of the newspaper. Choose a photo that clearly shows the face of your loved one so they may be recognized by those who knew them.
The caring funeral directors at Meyer & Geiser Funeral Home can help with your funeral planning from beginning to end. Whether you are handling pre-arrangements for yourself or making plans for a recently passed loved one, they can guide you. Visit them online, or call them at (513) 921-4144 to ask any questions you have.