How To Write A Death Notice
One of the first things you should consider doing after finalising funeral preparations is preparing a death notice for your loved one. While your funeral director maybe able to assist you in writing one, it’s still a good idea to know what should be included. The main point of a death notice is so friends and family are informed about the passing, know details for the upcoming funeral ceremony, and who they can contact.
A death notice is an announcement that details the passing of a person, brief details about them, and their upcoming funeral service. It can also contain a small biographical piece and possibly information about where donations can be made on behalf of the deceased.
There are a lot of things you can include in a death notice, but often a typical set of things will be highlighted within the notice. You will want to first check with where you are placing the death notice, because the length and content of the piece could need to change.
What is written
Typically you will find two sections written together, with one focused on personal information and another on the funeral service with special instructions for the departed:
- Where and when the person passed away
- The age of the person at death
- Year and place of birth
- Spouse or partners
- Children by order of oldest to youngest
- Children’s spouses, and last names if different
- Other surviving family, like siblings
- Their parents names, or guardians
- Photograph (Often in black and white)
- Military service, or humanitarian work
- Religion if important to deceased
- Career or various jobs of interest
- Hobbies they liked to pursue
Funeral Service and Special Instructions
- Where the funeral service will be
- The time and when people should arrive
- Requests with food or flowers
- Attire needs if spiritual
- Special instructions from the family
- Charities in memory of deceased
- Person to contact for questions
Where are death notices placed
Death notices are usually placed in newspapers: both in digital and print format. This way a wide audience is alerted to the notice in a timely way to make plans for attending a funeral. Depending on the newspaper, it’s length and content of a newspaper will vary. Some will have photographs and allow for a long section for the departed, while others might only have shorter snippets. Try to figure the newspaper layout before you write things out to save yourself time. It should also be noted that are a few Australian websites that publish to funeral and death notices.
Cost of a death notice
The cost of a notice will vary depending on the newspaper or medium, it’s reach, and how much content you write for the notice. A good idea is to know initially how much you want to spend and see what options are out there which fall into that budget. Keep in mind that most newspapers will charge per line, so proofread your work and be to the point.