Include biographical information in a death announcement, such as the full name of the deceased, the dates and locations of birth, death and marriage, the names of surviving and predeceased loved ones and the cause of death, suggests Legacy.com. Employers, organizations and schools attended are also helpful items to mention.
Include intimate details, unique character traits and personal quirks that bring the deceased to life in the memory of friends. Recount specific ways that the person bettered the community and made a positive difference in the lives of others. If funeral services are private, indicate this in the obituary, but if the public is welcome, provide complete details about the location, day and time of the visitation, service or burial. Specify any wishes the family has regarding receiving flowers. If the family requests that donations instead be made to a charity, provide the charity?s website and physical mailing address in the obituary.
Publish the death announcement at least two days prior to the services to give attendees sufficient notice. Many funeral homes offer to write obituaries as a part of their service package. Be aware of specific style guidelines and length or submission restrictions that some newspapers have regarding obituaries.