A funeral announcement is a summary detailing the service times and location of a funeral and a/or a memorial service. It also often includes details of the life and death of a loved one. These are usually written during a time of intense grief, which makes it difficult to focus on details and tasks. A funeral home may be able to provide you with a standard announcement, or you may prefer to write your own. Often, obituaries and funeral announcements are combined into one document for publication in a newspaper.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Pen or pencil
- Word processor
Detail the name of the deceased along with the place, date and time of death and cause of death (optional).
Include the age of the deceased (or date of birth), where they were born and how long they lived in the area at the time of death.
Mention in the article if the deceased was married, the father and mother, and occupation. You may wish to add details of the deceased's hobbies, community service and/or life accomplishments.
List the names of the surviving relatives and relationships. An example would be: "John Smith is survived by his wife, Katherine, daughters Mary Winthrop and Susie Jones and grandchildren, Billy Winthrop, Marty Winthrop and Jenny Jones." You should also include brothers, sisters and parents.
Give the details of the funeral or memorial service--time, location and whether there is an open invitation for a reception. Some families prefer that only relatives attend the reception. If so, you can leave this information out of the announcement.
Tips and warnings
- It is easier to write out the announcement rather than trying to give the information over the phone. This will help ensure the newspaper gets the correct details and properly spells out names. Many newspapers require that the announcement comes from the funeral home to prevent fraudulent announcements.
- It is sometimes better to allow family members or friends who are not emotionally distraught to write the announcement for you with the details you provide to them.
- You may wish to include all former marriages in the announcement, if there were more than one.
- Try to keep your announcement succinct; lengthy announcements may be cut by the newspaper for space, and details that were important to the family can be inadvertently lost.
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