submitted by Jason “Oz” Oszczakiewicz, Owner/Supervisor, Varcoe-Thomas Funeral Home of Doylestown, Inc.
Writing an obituary for a loved one can help family and friends communicate the loss to a community, while announcing the visitation, service, burial, entombment and memorial information. Many times the obituary is written prior to the loss to make sure information is accurate and conveys the information suitable to the family’s needs. Here are a few steps to constructing an obituary:
Announcing the Death – Begin with the name, age, and place of passing if the family wishes to tell everyone where the death occurred. You might want to let others know if it was a short or lengthy illness or if the person was surrounded by family or friends when the passing occurred.
Biographical Information – The obituary is not a biography, but a sketch of the most important events, qualities and accomplishments in a person’s life. This may include – place of birth, parents’ names, educational accomplishments or degrees, employment history, as well as job title, company name and length of employment. Social clubs or organizations may also be included with any hobbies or interests. This section of the obituary is important to allow family and friends to understand the impact the decedent had on others.
Family – This section lists members who may be predeceased and family members that are still living. List a spouse and years of marriage if applicable, children and spouses, siblings and spouses, grandchildren’s names or a number if applicable, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, dear friends or pets.
Service Times – Many times the funeral director will construct this section to convey the proper date, place of service, address and time that service or visitation periods will be held. Sometimes services or visitation periods are held at the funeral home on one day and at a church or place of service on another day. The place of burial, entombment or private cremation may be listed. Following this information you may also list information for memorial donations and a website so family and friends may send on-line condolences.
A photo may be included for an additional expense, but can be a pleasant reminder of the person who has passed.