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Tips for Writing a Funeral Announcement

FlowersThe mourning process of a loved one’s death can be complicated by bureaucratic processes that seem counter-intuitive to the grieving process. This is due to the fact that there are funeral arrangements to be handled, calls to be made, and letters to be written. All of which is exhausting and even further depressing. After all, who wants to sit down and write a composed letter in such an emotional time? However, during the tragic time of losing a loved one for whatever reasons, whether it be natural or untimely, it is important to work through your grief to allow yourself to put together a funeral announcement. The passing of a loved one is never an easy thing to deal with, let alone write about. However, it is vital to put together a funeral announcement in order to let others in the community know about the passing of someone they may have cared about as well.

There are several reasons for putting a funeral announcement together, and several different ways to go about doing so. While you may not feel up to the task, you will find it quite easy to write your own funeral announcements by way of Valley of Life. We are here to help you get through this rough patch, and to honor the memory of those who have passed on.

A funeral announcement is similar to an obituary. Although, unlike the obituary, a funeral announcement is not an in depth article, but rather a short summary put together to inform others of the loss, and where and when memorial services will be held. It can also contain a brief obituary, and pay a tribute to the deceased as well. A funeral announcement is typically found in the obituaries section of the newspaper, but nowadays it can be more practical to put announce a funeral online. There are several ways to do this, such as through email. Also, social networking sites such as Facebook allow one to put together a funeral announcement for all your friends to see instantly. Putting together a funeral announcement is easy, and should be done by yourself instead of a hired writer in order to keep it personal. This is to say that you can include something that only you and others close to the deceased would know. For instance, a particularly special memory that sheds light on his or her life.

Below are a few sample funeral announcements to help you understand how to go about writing one.

“John was a hard worker who grew up in the old town of Fredericksburg. He died on May 5, 2010 from natural causes. His bright smile and electric personality remained illuminating even in old age. He will be missed by the many friends he made over the years, and most of all by his loving family. Memorial services are to be held May 20, 2010 at the Jackson Funeral Home.”

“On July 22, 2011, the world lost a one of a kind personality in Marie Edinburgh. Marie was only 27 years old when she was struck down by cancer, but she lived as much as she could every day of her life up until her final moments. There are few people like Marie, and those fortunate enough to have been blessed by her presence can agree on that. She is survived by her husband, Mark Edinburgh, and their two children. For details on funeral services please contact Mary at”

“Dennis Williams, 56, passed away on March 22, 2009 from a sudden heart attack. Dennis is survived by his wife, Ellen, and his daughter, Tiffany. Memorial Services for Dennis will be held for the public on March 30, 2009. If you wish to send condolences or flowers, please contact the email below.”

These are just a few samples of how you can go about writing a funeral announcement. As you can see, funeral announcements can range from the purely technical and straight to the point, to the more creative and personal. The most important part to remember when writing a funeral announcement is to give out the date of when the memorial is to be held. If you wish to keep the funeral private to only family members and other close friends, then simple leave a way for those who know you to contact you for more information.

The passing of a loved one is never an easy thing to go through. However, announcing the funeral ceremony is something that needs to be done to allow everyone who cared about the person to unite and pay their respects.

[photo: State Library and Archives of Florida]

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