Top ten things to consider while writing funeral notices

Writing a funeral notice is a sensitive and challenging task, but a necessary process as it is a way to formally inform friends and family of a person’s passing.

It is important that you handle the subject with care and consideration. These ten tips may help you to craft a thoughtful and poignant piece.

1. Take into account the wishes of the departed

Some people write their own obituaries, which can usually be found in their will. If this is the case, then respect their wishes and use this as a basis for the funeral notice, or include the full obituary.

2. Get the basics right

The main purpose of a funeral notice is to inform people about the passing of a friend or loved one. It is therefore important that you get the basic details right. Be sure to refer to the departed by his or hers full name and leave no room for ambiguity. If possible, include the date, time and cause of death.

3. Include a funeral invitation

Funeral notices will usually be accompanied by a formal invitation to the memorial service or burial. Try to include as many details as possible and remember to add an RSVP date.

4. Make it personal

Try to avoid addressing the funeral notice to ‘Dear Sir/Madam’ or ‘To Whom It May Concern’. It is recommended to take the time to personally address the recipients.

5. Take your time

Coping with the loss of a loved one is a difficult process. Do not feel rushed to organise the funeral immediately. Take your time and allow yourself a few days to send out the funeral notice if you need to.

6. Provide helpful information

Guests attending the funeral may require some helpful information, such as directions, or perhaps a list of hotels nearby in the area. It’s a good idea to include these extra details.

7. Add a poem, song or quote

Celebrate the departed by including a memorable poem, song, quote or other piece, as well as a line of sentiment.

8. Include a photo

It is also a good idea to include a photograph in the funeral notice.

9. Provide specifications

A funeral notice is where you should include any other specifications about the funeral, such as ‘no flowers by request’ or the like.

10. Use your intuition

These tips are intended as a guide, but remember to use your intuition and create the funeral notice that you believe best suits the departed and are true to their wishes.

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This is general information and does not take account of your financial situation.

These articles are provided as reference material to allow more informed decision making, but are not intended as being a complete source of information on any topic. All readers should make their own independent analysis on the topic to make sure they have considered the aspects that are important to them.