Common Mistakes Made on the Funeral
By Titus Gerard
When creating a memorial funeral program you want all
the information to be correct and accurate as possible.
The print ready or official copy of the program should
be error free and have virtually no mistakes. In order
to achieve this you should know the common mistakes that
you should look for when preparing the layout.
First, the obvious is the spelling of names that appear
in the publication. It's is an official document that
should be accurate. Make phone calls when possible to
make sure of the spelling of names. Also, make sure you
spell the city and state names correctly. There are many
U.S. cities with funny spelling; you may want to Google
the spelling of the city and state. Open a browser to
Google.com and type in the name of the city and state.
Google will show the results with the correct spelling
of the city and state.
Second, try to avoid using numbers whenever possible.
Numbers are very easy to transpose or reverse in
sequence. When typing in the date of birth and the date
of death spell out the month and double check any
numbers that you use. In the body of the obituary be
sure to spell out numbers rather than type in the
integer. This will allow the spell checker to pick up
any errors if you type the obituary in a word processor
ie: Microsoft Word.
Third, don't over write the obituary with information
that may not be important or suitable. It's a good
practice to stick to a chronological order sequence when
preparing the obituary for the funeral program. For
instance, start with birth, then childhood, proceed with
schooling and then young adult life. If the decease got
married mention the union as early as possible so that
recognition of the spouse will not be forgotten. This is
a very common mistake as when preparing the obituary,
the only mention of the spouse is in the survivors
section. Marriage has a spiritual connection to both
individuals and recognition can make the difference in
the healing process.
Continue with the adult and professional life along with
any official memberships or training. Be sure to check
the validity of all information included in the obituary
as the obituary is an official record of events. Fifty
years from now when this obituary is read the
information in it will be credible.
Lastly, never proofread the obituary funeral program
alone. Always use two sets of eyes when proofreading the
information. And it is a good practice to do it
together. Print out two copies of the entire
publication, have one person read it and two people
proof it. Any errors should get caught with two sets of
eyes on it. Correct the errors as you proofread to
prevent from forgetting to correct the error to begin
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