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Obituaries

An obituary is a formal notice of death, typically found in a newspaper. This might also include a short biography and a list of surviving family members.

How to write an obituary

Humans have published obituaries about their loved ones for centuries, and this time-tested tradition is a way to honor their legacy. Beyond simply informing the community of a loss, obituaries also serve as a reminder that we all have a story to tell. Writing an obituary for a loved one can be an emotional yet meaningful process, and you'll need the right tools to help you along the way.

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Obituary templates and samples

Writing an obituary for a loved one doesn't need to be complicated. While it can feel like you're handling everything alone, there are a lot of free tools and resources that help make this easier. Using an obituary template makes it easy to fill in key information about your loved one, personalizing your obituary without the stress. Additionally, using a sample for inspiration can spark your own writing process.

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All Articles about Obituaries

How to Write an Obituary for a Funeral Program: Step-By-Step

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

30 Different Ways to Word 'In Lieu of Flowers'

By Sam Tetrault, BA in English

How to Choose a Proper Obituary Photo: Step-By-Step

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

22 Great Obituary Examples for Friends & Family

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

16 Famous Obituaries From Actors, Celebrities & History-Makers

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

How to Find a Canadian Obituary: Step-By-Step

By Sherrie Johnson, BA in Liberal Studies

How to Make an Obituary on Microsoft Word: Step-By-Step

By Sherrie Johnson, BA in Liberal Studies

What is a Necrology or a Necrology Service?

By Joe Oliveto, BA in English

13 Things You Do NOT Have to Put in an Obituary

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education