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Sample Obituary Template

Sample Obituary TemplateIf you are faced with the unfortunate task of having to write an obituary, it is helpful to use a sample obituary template. An obituary template will provide you with a step-by-step framework for writing an obit.

Most people will only need to write an obituary a few times in their life, if at all. Due to the unfamiliarity with writing obituaries and the emotional stress of the situation, composing an obit can be very difficult. You are going to have a lot you want to say, take a moment to pause and gather your thoughts, then begin writing the obituary for your loved one.

If you use the obituary template below, it should make this difficult task easier for you. If you need more help with what to write, view one of our other obituary guides.

SAMPLE OBITUARY TEMPLATE

INSTRUCTIONS: Replace all of the items in RED below with the appropriate information.

[FULL NAME], [AGE], of [CITY], passed away on [DATE OF DEATH] in [CITY OF DEATH].

Visitation will be held at [LOCATION] on [DATE] at [TIME].

Funeral service will be held at [LOCATION] on [DATE] at [TIME] with Reverend [NAME] of [CHURCH] officiating. Burial/Interment will follow at [CEMETERY NAME]. [NAME OF FUNERAL HOME] are handling the funeral arrangements.

[NAME] was born in [LOCATION OF BIRTH] to [PARENT’S NAMES] on [DATE OF BIRTH]. He/she went to high school at [SCHOOL NAME] and graduated in [YEAR]. He/she went on to earn a degree/certificate in [DEGREE TYPE] from [SCHOOL NAME]. He/she worked as a [JOB TYPE] for [COMPANY] for [NUMBER OF YEARS]. He/she was involved in [CHARITIES/ORGANIZATIONS]. He/she enjoyed [ACTIVITIES/HOBBIES]. He/she received [AWARDS/HONORS].

[NAME] is preceded in death by his/her [RELATION], [NAME]. (List all relatives who have previously passed away.)

[NAME] is survived by his/her [RELATION], [NAME] of [CITY]. (List all survivors: spouse, children, brothers and sisters, parents, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and any other relatives you want listed.)

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to [ORGANIZATION NAME], [MAILING ADDRESS]. Condolences may be left in [NAME’S] online guestbook at [WEBSITE URL].

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to [ORGANIZATION/NAME]. (List hospice, church, funeral home, family, friends, etc.) [FINAL WORDS]. (Optional – include a verse, hymn, poem or special message.)

 

SAMPLE OBITUARY

Harold Wilson Jones, 85, of Atlanta, passed away April 10, 2012 in Savannah, Georgia.

Visitation will be held at Walter and Sons Funeral Home in Atlanta on April 12, 2012 at 3:00 – 5:00 pm.

Funeral service will be held at Walter and Sons Funeral Home on April 13, 2012 at 11:00 am with Reverend Michael Jones of St. David’s Church officiating. Burial/Interment will follow at Pine Meadow Cemetery. Walter and Sons Funeral Home are handling the funeral arrangements.

Harold was born in Atlanta to Robert and Doreen Jones on March 15, 1927. He went to high school at Atlanta City High School and graduated in 1944. He went on to earn a degree in Business from Georgia State University. He worked as a Sales Manager for a major telecommunications company for 30+ years. He was involved in the Rotary Club of Atlanta. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, football and everything outdoors. He received numerous sales awards as a top performer in the Atlanta area.

Harold is preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Doreen; two brothers Bill and Sam Jones; and a sister Jennifer Franklin.

Harold is survived by his sister Mary (James) Smith of Savannah; son Michael (Betty) Jones; daughter Jane (Frank) Samuels; two grandchildren Billy Jones and Wendy Samuels; and newborn great-granddaughter Cindy Jones.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Rotary Club of Atlanta, PO Box 555, Atlanta, GA 00000. Condolences may be left in Harold’s online guestbook at www.yourtribute.com.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Savannah Hospice and Palliative Care Center for the support in his final days.

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The sample obituary template above should have given you everything that you need to write a good obituary. If you would like more help we recommend viewing our other templates or reading one of our guides to writing an obituary.

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