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How To Write An Obituary

Here is a general obituary guide that you can use to write your obituary.  Paragraphs can be added or deleted based on your style.

Paragraph 1:  List Full Name, Nickname if any, Date and Place of Birth and Death.  Cause of Death is option.  Name of Parents.

Paragraph 2:  Give a brief biographical history, including the schools that were attended.

Paragraph 3:  List employment history, special awards, and accomplishments.

Paragraph 4:  List information about church or religious affiliations, clubs and organizations that the deceased was a part of.  You can also elaborate on hobbies and interests.

Paragraph 5:  Give information about his or her personality, quirks, funny stories, etc..

Paragraph 6:  Tell of any charities and donations that can be given on behalf of the deceased in lieu of flowers.

Paragraph 7:  List surviving family, friends and other relatives.  Note, regardless of family situation or fondness of family members, the obituary should include accurate information for historical purposes and not exclude anyone for personal reasons.  

While there are many ways to write an obituary, there are no set rules to follow.  View samples of previous obituaries and find a style that fits the deceased and would make them proud.