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Knowing ABC's Of A Funeral Notice

When someone dies, there is a lot of work to do in preparation for their burial rites. Once arrangements have been made, an announcement is generally made to let those who were associated with the individual know of their passing. This is made by issuing formal funeral notices that provide the necessary information.

This is not the same thing as an obituary. That condensed biography of the person who has died is generally written by a newspaper staffer and follows a specific formula. The notice, however, is a paid submission created by the family which contains information regarding the individual as well as the services planned in their honor.

Such announcements are typically posted in local papers but it is not uncommon for them to be made via personal invitations or emails. There are two main ways for them to be done. The simple form states name, location and time only, while the other choice is filled with personal information, details on all services and sometimes a photograph of the deceased.

Certain information is considered standard for such announcements. The primary detail being the individual's full name, as well as commonly used nicknames and, if applicable, a maiden name. The piece may also include where they lived, the date they died, the family they leave behind and the when and where of all services to be held in their honor.

As an option, one may choose to include additional details regarding the death. It may also be nice to list personal bits about the deceased such as where they were born, schools they attended, place of employment, military service, religious or civic affiliation, and any hobbies or special interests they enjoyed. The officiant and pallbearers are also often announced here.

When the family wishes to have private services, it should be stated in the announcement. The same is true for those requesting that donations be made to a specific charity rather than having flowers sent. Funeral notices can simultaneously pay homage to the deceased and inform the masses of the loss.


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