When a loved one passes away, a funeral announcement is a good way to get the information out to family, friends, acquaintances, and others in the area. Whether it’s formal or casual, the announcement should fit the deceased and their personality. Traditionally, they have appeared in newspapers, but as the digital world has expanded, funeral announcements now appear more frequently online.
When it comes time to write a funeral announcement, it’s obviously a difficult time and composing yourself enough to write an announcement befitting of the deceased can be hard to do. This is why we’ve put together a list of some items that should be included in the announcement; you can always add more to personalize it, but these 10 are a good place to start.
10 Items to Include In A Funeral Announcement
1. Full Name and Titles
You should include the person’s full name and any associated academic, religious, or professional titles (doctor, professor, pastor, etc.). If the person is female and was married, include her maiden name to help those who may not know her married name.
2. A Picture
Whether it’s a recent picture of the deceased or a favorite picture from some other point in time, including an image is a good way to memorialize and remember them.
3. Residence information
It’s a good idea to include where the person lived, in case neighbors or others in the area weren’t aware of their passing.
4. Surviving Family Members
Include all members of the surviving family, spouse, children, siblings, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, if any. This will help if someone who is acquainted only with a member of the surviving family reads the notice.
5. Funeral Service Information
If this information will not be available until a finalized funeral announcement is sent out, you can include the words: “Funeral service information to follow.”
6. Memorial Service Information
Sometimes, whether by the deceased person’s request or other reasons, families only want to have a memorial service and no funeral. If that’s the case, it is a good idea to include this in the notice.
7. Memorial or Floral Contributions
Let people know whether or not floral contributions will be accepted or if you’d prefer donations to a favorite charity.
8. Private or Public Funerals
Each family grieves differently. Let others know if the funeral will be a private, family-only event or if it will be open to the public.
9. Place of Employment
If the deceased had a close relationship with their peers or fellow employees, it can be a good idea to include this information.
10. Thank You’s
If there are specific people or groups that have greatly helped in the family’s grieving process and were close to the deceased individual, including them is a nice way to show appreciation.
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