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Basics To Learn When Composing A Funeral Notice

Burial preparations entail a lot of planning. When everything has been arranged, it is customary to make a public announcement to let friends and associates of the departed know the details surrounding the passing and services. These funeral notices will provide all the information people need if they wish to attend.

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.

These announcements can be made as a newspaper submission, through emails or as actual invitations. The written format will usually follow one of two standard profiles. The first consists of only the basic facts regarding the who, where and when, while the second is a more personal tribute which is sometimes accompanied by a photograph and contains a brief biographical history.

Key facts are always included in the announcement. These are the individual's full name including maiden and commonly used nicknames by which the individual was known. Other details such as their city of residence, date of death, family members surviving them and the time and location of services are also mentioned in the article.

Further details of their passing may be included if desired. Adding personal information such as the person's hometown, where they were educated, places they've worked, whether they were military, their religious preferences, civic activities, hobbies and interests may be appreciated by others. It may also be prudent to identify the service officiant and chosen pallbearers.

If services are to be for family only, this should be clearly noted in the announcement. When charitable donations are requested in lieu of flowers, that stipulation can be stated in this piece. Funeral notices are more than just a formal way to let others know of a passing, they are a way to honor the dead.


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