How To Write A Good Obituary

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How To Write A Good ObituaryThis article will teach you how to write a good obituary for a loved one. There are six points that you should consider when writing the obituary. After you have read the following steps we have included a sample obituary for you to read. This is an example of a properly structured well-written obituary and will act as a good template for writing your own obituary.

To help collect the information that you will want to include in the obituary we suggest that you download or print an obituary template. Consulting an obituary format guide or additional articles on how to write an obituary will provide you with additional help.


1. When writing the obituary, remember that it is meant to announce the death and provide a brief history of the person’s life. Keep it simple and save the more detailed information for a eulogy or online tribute.

2. The first part of the obituary is most important. The beginning of the obituary is the death notice, which will announce the death to friends, family and relatives. This will include the deceased’s name, date, place and cause of death.

3. The next section can include the surviving relatives. This is sometimes listed later in the obituary, but can be placed closer to the beginning if so desired. You will want to include their spouse, parents, siblings and grandchildren. Nieces, nephews and other relatives are sometimes listed but often excluded to save space. Next, you will want to list any relatives that preceded the person in death.

4. The following section is where you will want to write about the person’s life. This can include their place of birth, education and career. You will also want to list some of their favorite hobbies, interests and any major accomplishments.

5. Next, you should include details of the funeral. There may be more than one event associated with the funeral. These events could include the funeral service, wake, burial, or other related event. If any of the events are private it is ok to exclude them from the obituary.

6. Finally, you may want to include a few closing words. This could be a significant phrase, poem, quote, hymn or other piece of text. You could also thank any organizations or family members that played a significant role in caring for the individual or helping with the funeral.



Victoria Carmen Porter, 72, of San Antonio, died at 10:00 AM, Monday, February 13, 2012 at the Heritage Hospice in San Antonio, Texas. She was born February 2, 1940 in Fort Worth, Texas, to Donald and Thelma Owen. She married Wayne Porter on June 29, 1950 and he survives.

Also surviving are her mother Thelma Owen of Waco, two sons, Jon (Doreen) Owen of Waco, and Jackson Porter of Toronto; one granddaughter Candace; one sister Crystal (Robert) West of Austin; one brother Andy (Mary) Owen; three nephews, Kenny, Jordan and Bill Owen and several cousins.

Victoria’s father Donald M. Porter and one son, Simon Michael Porter preceded her in death.

Victoria was a long time resident of San Antonio where she lived since leaving her childhood home in Fort Worth at the age of 17. She graduated from Fort Worth Secondary School in 1967 and worked as a legal secretary for 35 years..

She loved to go to movies and enjoyed cooking and having dinner parties with her friends. She also enjoyed volunteering and helped at a number of local charities and also contributed a lot of time at her church.

The visitation is from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at Crawford and Sons Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow the next day at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 17, 2012, also at Crawford and Sons Funeral Home. Reverend James Freeman will be officiating. The burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at PO Box 555, 9929 West 14th Street, Fort Worth, Texas.


If you have read the six steps on how to write a good obituary and the sample obituary above you should have everything you need to write a good obituary for your loved one. We also suggest that you download or print an obituary template or read our additional articles on how to write an obituary.


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Jason Ropchan is the Founder and CEO of Your Tribute, an online resource for Funeral and Grief information and products. He has more than 15 years experience in the funeral industry developing and marketing funeral technology. He has worked with thousands of funeral homes worldwide to help them provide online memo...