Simple Cremation

Losing a loved one is never easy, and writing an obituary may be the last thing on your mind during this difficult time. However, an obituary is a critical way to honor and remember the life of the person who has passed away. Learning the format and outline for writing an obituary can guide you through the process.

Simple Cremation NJ can help you plan a beautiful and meaningful obituary to honor your loved one's life. We understand this may be overwhelming, so we offer personalized support and guidance to help you create a fitting tribute. We can also provide information about what obituaries list and how to write a memorable obituary.

Call 973.434.7441 today to speak with our compassionate and experienced staff.

What Should an Obituary Include?

Before we dive into the format and outline for writing an obituary, it is crucial to understand what an obituary is and why it is essential. An obituary is essentially a public announcement of a person's death. It is typically published in a local newspaper, online, or funeral program. Obituaries list essential information such as the person's name, age, date of birth, date of death, and other significant life events. They also honor the person's life and share their story with others.

When writing an obituary, it is essential to include specific details. These may include:

  • The full name of the deceased
  • Their date and place of birth
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death (optional)
  • Names of immediate family members (spouse, children, parents, siblings)
  • Significant life events and achievements
  • Personal interests and hobbies
  • Funeral or memorial service information

It is also important to note that obituaries are not limited to just providing factual information. They can also include personal anecdotes, memories of loved ones, and messages from friends and family. Including these personal touches can make the obituary more meaningful and reflective of the person's life and personality.

Obituary Format Example

There is no right way to write an obituary. However, a few key elements are typically included in an obituary. Here is an example of an obituary format:

  1. Introduction – Begin the obituary by announcing the person's death and providing basic information such as their name, age, and the date and place of their passing.
  2. Biographical Information – This section should provide more detailed information about the person's life, including their date and place of birth, their parents' names, and any significant life events (such as marriage, children, education, and career).
  3. Survivors – This section should list the deceased's surviving family members, including their spouse, children, grandchildren, siblings, and other close relatives.
  4. Preceded in death – This section should list any family members who have passed away before the deceased.
  5. Memorial service information – If there will be a memorial service for the deceased, include the date, time, and location of the service.

End the obituary with a brief message or sentiment, such as a favorite quote or poem.

Obituary Examples

To help guide you through the process, here is an example of an obituary:

Sample Obituary

John Smith, 75, of Chatham, NJ, passed away on Wednesday, August 4, 2021. He was born in New York City on June 15, 1946, to the late Robert and Mary Smith. John graduated from Columbia University with a degree in engineering and worked as an engineer for over 50 years. He was married to his loving wife Jane for 48 years and had two children together, Michael and Sarah. John was a devoted husband and father and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

John is survived by his wife Jane, children Michael and Sarah, and two grandchildren.

A memorial service for John will be held on Saturday, August 14, 2021, at Simple Cremation NJ.

Contact Simple Cremation NJ for Help Planning a Memorial Service

At Simple Cremation NJ, we understand that losing a loved one is a complex and emotional time. Our team is here to support you and help you plan a meaningful memorial service to honor your loved one's life. We offer personalized obituary writing assistance and other services such as cremation and funeral planning.

Contact us today at 973.434.7441 or online to speak with our compassionate staff and learn more about how we can assist you during this difficult time.

Call now! (973) 908 6023