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Writing an Obituary Program

There are generally two different obituaries when dealing with the death of a loved one. The newspaper obituary is a shorter obituary focusing on survivors and funeral service information. The funeral program obituary allows for a much more detailed story.

When attending a funeral, it has become very customary to provide a funeral program for the family and friends of a loved one. It serves as a very informative keepsake about a person’s life and also about the final services.

The main part of any funeral program is the obituary portion which is the story of their life, from birth to death for everyone to know about what the loved one has done during their time here on this earth. It is generally considered the most important part of the funeral program because it really gives a detailed writing about the life of the person. Being so important, it is also considered the hardest part to put together because information has to be pulled from different sources to really cover the entire life of a person, and not just one person’s viewpoint.

  1. Get contact information for people who knew your loved one. These contact people will be your resources for gathering information to cover the different time spans of your loved one’s life.
  2. Next, get information from those who knew the deceased during their after education period. Usually a very close friend or spouse would cover this part of the information.
  3. Finally, get the perspective of a younger generation that knew them. A child or favorite niece or nephew would be good to cover this information.
  4. Attempt to meet with all of your contacts at the same time or within a very close time frame so that stories as you hear may overlap and it can be put together correctly. One person’s story may help to fill in a gap from another’s story – that is why you would want to do the stories together or within a short time frame.

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