Writing an obituary is challenging. Not only are you faced with the loss of a loved one, but you have probably never written an obituary. Without obituary templates writing an obit can be a tedious task. That is why we have put together four high quality free obituary templates to help you write the perfect obit.
Before starting to write the obituary, we recommend you take some time to collect your thoughts. Losing a loved one is a very emotional time and it is understandable that writing the obituary is not your first priority. To help you with the obit, we suggest that you contact friends and family members of the departed. They can share stories and other important details of the person’s life that you may not have known or forgotten. Be sure to keep track of all these details on your computer or a piece of paper.
After you have gathered all of the information you should sort it into chronological order. We have step-by-step obituary format guides that can help you with this process. Next, download one (or all) of the obituary templates free downloads below. We suggest that you read through each of them to see what topics are covered and how the obituary is worded. After you have chosen the obituary you like, enter the information you collected into the appropriate fields.
FREE OBITUARY TEMPLATES (DOWNLOADABLE)
OBITUARY TEMPLATE 01
The first template is shorter in length. It follows the format: death announcement, funeral service, birth/hometown, education, marriage, career, hobbies/interests, survivors, predeceased, memorial donations and final words.
Word: Obituary-Template-01.doc (Fillable and Printable)
PDF: Obituary-Template-01.pdf (Printable)
OBITUARY TEMPLATE 04
The fourth template is longer in length. It follows the format: death announcement, birth/hometown, education, military, career, marriage, hobbies/interests. awards, predeceased, survivors, funeral service, memorial donations, condolences.
Word: Obituary-Template-04.doc (Fillable and Printable)
PDF: Obituary-Template-04.pdf (Printable)
The free obituary templates above will help you write the perfect obituary. If you are still having difficulty thinking of what to say, we suggest you view one of our sample obituaries or guides to writing an obit. We also have additional obituary templates free downloads if you are looking for a different obituary format.
Updated: April 20, 2012