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What Should Be Included in an Obituary? February 2, 2018

North Haven, New Haven County
What Should Be Included in an Obituary?, North Haven, Connecticut

Losing a loved one is never easy, especially when it comes to planning the funeral or memorial service. An essential step in the process is writing the obituary, which can be overwhelming for grieving family or friends. The compassionate team at Washington Memorial Funeral Home in North Haven, CT, understands the burden and sense of responsibility that comes with planning funeral services. To alleviate some of the stress, they have compiled a short list of what to include in the obituary of the deceased.

What Information Should Be Included in an Obituary?

1. Announcement

funeralThe first thing to add in the obituary is an announcement of the person’s death. Include their full name, as well as their age, dates of birth and death, and the location of their passing. Some people choose to use flowery language to minimize the appearance of harsh tones. However, other people prefer to use blunt statements as a way to be more formal. When writing the announcement, use whatever tone you deem most appropriate.

2. Biography

For this section, you do not have to give an in-depth account of the life of the deceased. Instead, include pertinent information, such as where they went to school, their interests, significant contributions, or vocations. Use your best judgment when adding specific details about the individual’s life. It’s best only to discuss the positive milestones that speak directly to the life of the deceased. 

3. Surviving Family

Listing the names of immediate family members is not unusual for obituaries. The list can include a spouse, parents, children, siblings, or grandchildren. When compiling the list, use the names of the surviving family members, as well as their relationship to the deceased. You can reference extended family members by their relationship, but their names aren’t required. For instance, you can say the recently departed leaves behind 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

4. Funeral Details

If the funeral will be public, be sure to provide the details about the services for the deceased. Only add essential information in the obituary, such as the time, date, and address. However, if the funeral will be a private event for family only, indicate so at the end of the obituary.

Writing an obituary and planning a funeral can be difficult, but the professionals at Washington Memorial Funeral Home are here to give you the support you need. To help you celebrate the life of your loved one, they offer funeral, cremation, and burial services. Call (203) 239-6000 to speak with a helpful team member, or visit them online for more information on their services. 

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