Obituary Guideline

The following headings are meant as a general guide. Make sure that you have considered everything that is usually covered, then select what you would like to include, and also decide what order you would like to use.


  • Full name of the deceased, including nickname
  • Age
  • of Residence (for example, the name of the city)
  • death Day and date of death (remember to include the year)
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death


  • Day, date, time, place
  • Name of officiant
  • Visitation information if applicable: day, date, time, place
  • Place of interment
  • LIFE

    • Date of birth
    • Place of birth
    • Names of parents
    • Childhood: siblings, stories, schools, friends
    • school and college
    • Military Information
    • Marriage: date of, place, name of spouse
    • Place(s) of residence
    • Employment: jobs, company name, years worked, union activities


    • Hobbies
    • sports
    • interests


    • Charitable
    • religious
    • fraternal
    • veterans
    • political
    • achievements

    SURVIVING FAMILY: relationship, first name (spouse first name), last name, city, state

    PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: relationship, first name, last name


  • Memorial funds established
  • Memorial donation suggestions, including addresses

  • Thank you to people, groups, or institutions
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