Obituary writing, is more often than not, about personal preference. They can be as short, practical and concise or as long and descriptive as you like. The long and descriptive versions might list a person’s accomplishments and achievements or the highlights of a person’s career or details of their personal adventures.
When it comes to publishing obituaries in traditional press there is usually a cost involved, unless you have been a rather spectacular contributor to society or have obtained some sort of public notoriety. These days many funeral homes offer the opportunity to publish online obituaries.
An obituary can have various purposes and can be used in place of a death notice. Death notices, usually placed by the family directly or by a funeral director on behalf of a family are traditionally shorter than obituaries and provide such information as full name, date of death, names of family members and there is often a brief statement on the impact a persona has had or how they will be missed or remembered.
Obituaries can be used in place of, the traditionally shorter, death notice to announce the death of a person to their community, social groups, professional networks or other associations of which they are a member.
They are often written to publicly share the life and times of someone who has just passed away. The stories and anecdotes captured provide a lasting memory and keep sake for family and friends. And they can often become a historical record of a person’s life.
And finally, obituaries can be used to let people know the information required to pay their respects or participate in public funeral services, as well as, the requested protocol in relation to flowers, donations to charitable organisations or other expressions of sympathy.
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Jacqui Chaplin is a Lifetime & End-of-Life Commemoration Specialist (a funeral celebrant among other things) based in Melbourne, Australia. She loves capturing stories about the nature of life and being human, as well as, celebrating and commemorating well lived lives and lives that have ended. Jacqui has a passion for bringing the conversations that many of us find difficult to think about, let alone speak about, out in the open so we can see how our stories, values and beliefs influence our attitudes.
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