While the family members of those who have passed away can often honor their loved one by writing the obituary, staff at the funeral home you're using can also take care of this job if you aren't confident in your writing ability. You can count on a funeral professional writing a professional-caliber obituary that honors the life of your loved one while also providing the necessary details that people who plan to attend the viewing or funeral service need. The funeral home staff member can't do this work without your help, though, so make sure that you clearly provide these necessary details to help with the obituary.
Names Of Family Members And Their Relationships
One of the key parts of any obituary is a list of the deceased's immediate family members and the nature of their relationship. As such, you should provide the funeral home with a short list that includes these people in your perceived order of importance. Write the name of the person and his or her relationship with the deceased. For example, you could write a person's name followed by "wife," and then two peoples' name followed by "children." If your deceased loved one had multiple grandchildren, you could simply write "and 12 grandchildren" instead of listing them all if you're concerned about space constraints.
Education And Work History
An individual's education and work history aren't absolutely critical, but many people like having them included in an obituary. If you wish to proceed in this manner, list the name of the person's college, his or her year of graduation, and the degree he or she earned. Similarly, if the person had a long career with a specific company, you could include the name of the company and the years worked.
You should also include some information for those who may wish to donate something in memory of your loved one. Many people will donate flowers to the funeral service, but you don't necessarily have to go this route. If you'd rather have money donated to a specific cause instead of have people put their funds toward flowers, include the charity or cause that you'd like people to support. The funeral home staff will include this information at the end of the obituary so that people know how to proceed. For example, you might write that you'd like people to donate funds to the local humane society instead of buy flowers.
To learn more, contact a company like Foster-Warne Funeral Home.