Obituary Templates Help Ease Funeral
By Kim Gibson
One of the first tasks required as you plan a funeral is
the writing of an obituary. That doesn't have to be a
difficult task, thanks to free obituary templates that
are readily available online. Read through this overview
of obituary templates to understand how templates can
ease funeral planning.
Templates Provide Structure - In the stressful time
following a death, it's perfectly normal to feel
emotional and out of control. If you're in charge of
writing an obituary, using a structured template allows
you to focus in on announcing the death and pertinent
Templates Communicate What is Necessary - In addition to
giving significant details like surviving spouse and
children, the written obituary also communicates the
time, date and place of a funeral or memorial service to
a large number of people
A typical template for an obituary in a newspaper
includes the person's name, city of residence, dates of
birth and death, the time, date and place of the funeral
service and names of immediate family members. An
expanded obituary which can also be used at the service
might include the person's education, career highlights
and volunteer work, hobbies or religious affiliation.
Templates Reduce Publication Cost - Few newspapers
publish obituaries at no cost, in fact, the cost to
announce a person's death can be surprisingly high.
Using a standard obituary template to communicate the
loss allows you to focus on what's important and,
therefore, save publication cost. By all means, share
special highlights of the deceased's life in the eulogy
shared at the funeral, but keep published obituaries
affordable by using a condensed obituary template.
Obituary Templates Assist Funeral Planning - It may
simply seem like a death announcement, but creating an
obituary requires you to begin thinking about what will
be shared in the funeral service itself.
As you write a brief description of their professional
accomplishments, you can be thinking about who could
share them at the funeral. When summarizing their
involvement in a church or synagogue, you might decide
to have someone in the faith community read the eulogy.
The simple act of condensing the details of a person's
life and death into a brief obituary template will help
turn your mind toward what would make their funeral or
When faced with the task of writing someone's obituary,
consider using an obituary template. It will save time,
effort and funeral-related expense and help you focus on
the details of planning the rest of the funeral.
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 information on using an obituary template.