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Published: February 27, 2018

Obituary notices are essentially paid announcements in newspapers that give details of the decedent such as his/her name and information about the memorial/funeral service, and some biographical information. You can write & submit obituaries to national/local newspapers and get them published for a fee.

Tips for writing an obituary

1. Work in a collaborative manner

There is often a large amount of information that needs to be assimilated in order to write a good obituary. You can sit down with some key family members or arrange a conference call and collect all the needed information. This significantly reduces the amount of time taken to communicate with multiple people at different times.

2. Reach a consensus about the scope

Before starting to write the obituary, identify exactly what information you want to be included and what you prefer to leave out. For instance, you might not want to include details of any family misunderstandings in the notice. Sometimes the person has a number of grandchildren and making mention of them all can become very expensive.

3. Proofreading matters

It’s important that you get at least a few people to read the obituary to make sure all the relevant information is added and that there are no factual or typographical errors.Some of the things you should focus on include:

Ensure that all the people’s names have been spelled correctly

 The spellings of cities, organizations, companies, clubs, and schools should be correct

The funeral service information such as time, date and location need to be correct

All of these steps are important in ensuring that the obituary is error-free before you send it out to the newspaper or publishing. If you want to know more about funeral services, or how to write an obituary, don’t hesitate to contact us at The Jerry Spears Company. Our team will be happy to help.

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