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Writing an Obituary  

Published: April 3, 2023
by Parent-Sorensen Mortuary and Crematory

If you want to be able to offer your loved one a unique obituary, one option you have is to write it yourself. If you have never done this before, however, you may not be sure where to start and that can be stressful. To help you manage this while still writing a beautiful obituary for the person who died, there are some tips that directors of funeral homes in Petaluma, CA want you to know about this.  

The first thing you want to do is to read examples of obituaries. Lots of times, people do not do this because they assume since every obituary is different, there is nothing you can really learn from them. That is not the case. You can, actually, learn a lot, including how long it can be, the style it can take, the tone it can have, and much more. There are lots of resources online where you can find examples so do take some time with it.  

You want to be sure you do not add too many details to the biographical section of the obituary. It can be important to add some information on the life of the person, but adding too many details can confuse people. Instead, focus on the milestones of the person’s life so that people can get a good idea of the life your loved one led.  

You want to have at least one other person read through the obituary to make sure there are no errors. It can be a good idea to ask someone who is part of your family or who knows it well, so they can catch if there are any names spelled wrong or if there are any missing names from the list of people who survived the deceased. Be sure to do this so that you do not end up realizing there are errors when it has already been posted or printed.  

You want to add all of the details that you want people to know about the services you have planned. Usually, this goes at the end of the obituary and lots of people choose to have it added in bold print or in larger font to ensure that people can easily see it at a glance. Add the location, time, and place of the service, but also add any special requests that you may have. If you are choosing to have a celebration of life, you will want to mention that here so that people know what to expect.  

When getting ready to write the obituary for a loved one, these are all things that you want to think about. You want to be sure that you include all of the important milestones of the person’s life and that you add all of the information that you want people to know about the services that you are planning. If you have more questions about how to write an obituary, you can reach out to a Petaluma, CA funeral home like us. We are ready to help you with all of the decisions you need to make for your loved one. Give us a call right now or stop by today to speak with one of our experts about the services we can offer.  

 
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