When talking with a funeral service Bellingham, WA after your loved one passes, there will be many things you will need to take care of. Besides handling the funeral arrangements and making all the decisions that go along with that, you will need to write an obituary for your loved one. If you have never had to do this before, it can seem overwhelming and intimidating. You may not even know where to even begin. Don’t worry, in this article we are going to share tips to help you not only know where to begin, but what information you should include, and how to put it all together.
Gather the Information
The first step in writing an obituary is to gather all the information about your loved one. You may have most of the information or you may have to ask family members. The information you are going to want to include is:
- Full name (The way you would like it to be published)
- Date of death
- Cause of death (this is optional and only add in the obituary if you feel comfortable)
- If they were married (name of surviving spouse)
- If they have any children (names and ages of surviving children)
- Any other names and relationships of people who survives the deceased
- Details of the service including location, date, where to send flowers or donations
- Other things you might want to include are any church affiliations, job or career information, or any personal or professional accomplishments
Ask Yourself Questions
After the necessary information has been gathered, it’s time to decide what to include that showcases their personality and what made them special. To do this, you can ask yourself (and friends and family members) questions such as:
- What were some of their hobbies?
- What was their personality like?
- What was a special trait unique to them?
- Did they have any charities or causes that were important to them?
- What was one of their biggest accomplishments?
- How do you think they would want to be remembered?
Asking questions like this can help you identify the most important points you want to include.
Double Check Spelling and Grammar
Once the obituary is written, make sure to double check it for spelling and/or grammatical errors. You can do this several ways. If you feel comfortable, you can do it yourself. If you’d rather have someone else look at it, you could ask a friend or family member. You can also hire a professional proofreader to look it over and make any needed corrections.
While writing and obituary can seem overwhelming, following these steps can help it be a little less intimidating. The same goes when choosing a funeral service Bellingham, WA, It can be overwhelming but once you choose Moles Farewell Tributes & Crematory, you can find comfort in the knowledge and experience they have to handle everything you need. Call them and talk with a funeral director one-on-one to discuss your funeral needs.