How to Write an Obituary
Type 1: Short and Concise
A simple paragraph or two to inform the public that your loved one has passed away. It will say nothing or very little about the circumstances of death, family members left behind, job, hobbies, achievements or anything of the sort.
Place of Residence
Date of birth
Date of death
Plans for memorial services and/or internment
Type 2: Longer and More Detailed
Create a longer life sketch of the individual who has passed away, which may contain several paragraphs and even a photograph. A simple example is provided below:
John Smith, 70, of Houston, Texas, passed away Friday, October 25, 1998 after a hard fought battle with cancer. John was born in [City of Birth] on [Date of Birth] to [Father's Name] and [Mother's Name].
John was a graduate of [High school or college] and served in the [Branch of Military]. During his time in the [Branch of Military], he was awarded the [List awards and/or medals]. After his time in the military, he worked [List the types of industries or even specific companies worked for].
John Smith is survived by [List Survivors - You can include spouse, children and their spouses, parents, siblings, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren] and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by [List family members who have passed away].
Funeral service will be held at [Time] on [Day, Date] at [Funeral Home, Church, or Cemetery]. Burial to follow at [Name of Cemetery]. In lieu of flowers, donations can made in John's honor to [List any charitable organizations].