When dealing with the loss of a loved one, you need to handle several emotions. In such a tragic and sad situation, writing an obituary can be a difficult process, as you will find it tough to collect your thoughts. Therefore, knowing what information must be included and what cannot be included will simplify this task. Below we provide some tips on how to write free online obituaries.
These free online obituaries can be of varying lengths depending on the chosen memorial website. Some of the websites allow you to include photographs of the deceased. Therefore, you must include the relevant details of your loved one along with the important people who survive the deceased individual.
There are sites that publish obituaries on the Internet and provide templates and include the important information to be included in the notice. Although, what information must be included or excluded is the personal choice of the deceased family, some basic information needs to be incorporated. These include the name and age of the person, place and date of the demise, names of surviving and important family members, instructions about any charities, and the details on funeral and memorial service.
To add some personal touch about your loved one, you can include additional data related to the person’s personal life. These include his/her education, hobbies, interests, awards received, achievements, military service, employment, and community contributions, if any. Moreover, you can add a verse from the bible, short poem, or a quotation that may assist you to express your emotions.
Traditionally, people printed these obituaries in the local community newspapers. Sometimes they may have used a national or large metropolitan paper. However, with the advent of the Internet, many people are choosing to create free online obituaries.
Publishing a free online obituary has numerous benefits in comparison to the conventional method of announcing the loss of a loved one. Firstly, printing death notices in the newspaper incurs an expense that varies from one paper to another. However, when you choose to publish the death notice online, you will be able to avail of free services.
Moreover, newspaper listings limit the length of your notice and prohibit the information that can be included in your obituary. However, all these restrictions and limitations are not applicable when you choose online resources to publish the death notice. Hence, you can freely express your emotions and feelings on the passing away of your loved one.
Printing the death notices in the newspapers has a limited geographic reach. Therefore, you may not be able to reach some of your relatives and friends who are located in faraway locations. However, with a obituary published on the Internet, there is no limitation on the geographic reach of the notice. Free online obituaries can include some optional information if you want to include the same. This includes the cause of death, humanitarian activities done by the deceased, any books or articles published by the person, religious affiliations, officiating clergyman, and memorial contributions instead of flowers.
Updated: January 18, 2012