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Writing an obituary can feel like its own art form at times. It’s something we’re typically not used to doing, which is why even the thought of writing one can seem challenging at first. When grieving the loss of a loved one, we understand how hard it can be to sit down and write about their passing, especially when dealing with all the other details of the funeral. But it doesn’t have to be viewed that way, and we’re ready to assist by giving you some tips on writing an obituary that honors your loved one’s memory.
At Horan & McConaty, we feel the best obituaries are written by family members rather than a funeral director. When a family member writes about their loved one, they’re able to bring their story to life and describe them in ways a stranger cannot. It’s a beautiful way to honor their memory as friends and family read about their personality and the impacts they made on your life and others. Writing an obituary can also be a step toward personal and familial healing, as writing can be a healthy and calming release.
If you don’t know where to start, we’ve put together a list of five tips to help you craft a meaningful obituary:
There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to writing an obituary. There are no set rules you must follow, and you have the freedom to make it as personalized and engaging as you wish. One of the simplest starting points is asking yourself how you want others to know your loved one. Remember, an obituary is a tribute to a unique life, and whether you want a simple obituary or a detailed story, let your love for them shine through. Their obituary will let the light of their life last far into the future.