The obituary is designed to acknowledge the passing and to share about the deceased person's life; the noteworthy events, special relationships and unique qualities of the individual. The obituary can include as much or as little information as the family wishes.
The obituary framework typically follows this order:
- Announce the death - Full name (you can also include a nickname), age, date of death, place of death. Some may choose to also include the cause of death if they wish.
- Important details and life events - You can include date and place of birth, along with the person's parents listed. Include information about the deceased person's life; any accomplishments, contributions, marriage, education, employment, hobbies, military experience, interests, charitable or religious organizations, and qualities unique to him or her.
- Family - Family members can be listed as those who are survivors and also those who have preceded the deceased in death. You can list key family members in the following order: spouse, children and their spouses, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, parents, and siblings. Grandparents, cousins, in-laws, and nephews or nieces may also be listed. You may wish to include pets if the person was very fond of their animals.
- Service & event times - Including time and location for each service is common. This information can also be included in the events section of the Everdays Announcement.
- Memorial donations - Some families wish to designate a charity or organization for loved ones to send a memorial donation, and this information can be included at the end of the obituary. This can also be added to the donations section of the Everdays Announcement.
- Photo - You may wish to include a photo of your loved one alongside the obituary.