By Kim Gibson
Funeral announcements are used to inform the public of a
person's death, and give details of the funeral or
memorial services. Releasing an announcement allows
others to make arrangements to attend these services,
and to express sympathy and condolences. Here are a few
tips to help you create an announcement.
1. A funeral or memorial announcement gives brief
details of the deceased life. It usually contains the
Full Name, death date and maybe age
Immediate family relationships
A one sentence statement of who they were (for example,
"Mr. Jones served for 37 years in the United States
The time, date and location for the funeral or memorial
It is optional to include the cause of death in the
2. Funeral announcements are usually published in the
deceased hometown newspaper. However, if the person who
has died spent most of their life in another location,
you may wish to publish their in that town's newspaper.
Check with your funeral director, or directly with the
newspaper publication for specific information regarding
publishing format and pricing.
3. Special information can be given in funeral or
memorial announcements. Also, any other information that
would be helpful to those planning to attend can be
shared in the announcement such as if services are
private, or if donations are requested in lieu of
4. Announcements can be made even if services are not
public, or if you are not planning to have any services.
5. You may also chose to send printed funeral
announcements directly to family members and friends.
These announcements may be personalized with a photo of
the deceased and a may include bible scriptures or
poetry, as well as details of any funeral or memorial
Taking the time to write a funeral announcement is a
considerate thing to do. It allows others to reflect and
offer condolences, and prepare to attend services to
honor the life of the deceased.
Kimberly Gibson is owner of Elegant Memorials Funeral
Program Templates. She also writes and publishes a wide
range of articles in funeral and memorial planning
including articles on funeral announcements