So you have to write an obituary?
Don’t worry if you’re not a writer. It’s not as hard as you may think, and we have templates to make it easy, although you may be surprised to find that the more effort you put into writing an obituary, the more cathartic it can feel.
Obituaries are an act of remembrance, and they include memories, facts of someone’s life, and details on a service.
Beyond those basics, an obituary is a chance to put down in writing the very essence of who someone was.
You are shaping how people will remember someone — their final story. One that future generations, perhaps hundreds of years down the line may read one day.
That’s an inspiring thought, but it’s also a bit daunting.
And while you don’t have a ton of space to memorialize them with, effectively using the words available to summarize someone’s life and personality is what makes a good obituary.
Before we get into details, let’s talk about how long an obituary should be.