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Does a Funeral Home Help with an Obituary?

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Does a Funeral Home Help with an Obituary?

The passing of a loved one can be a very difficult time. Not only is it emotional and grief-filled, but there is also a lot that needs to be done to prepare for a visitation and funeral, as well as the final disposition and paperwork required by law. The funeral home in Calgary that you choose to work with is important because if you choose a great one, they will help you to get through many of these crucial steps with patience, support and on time.

One thing that is often the cause of much distress for families who have recently lost a loved one is writing an obituary. It is not always easy to sum up the life of someone you loved in a few short paragraphs. It may be difficult to write, but also an emotional process that you may not yet be ready to handle. The good news is that the funeral director from the funeral home in Calgary that you are working with is well equipped to help you write an obituary, as well as deciding where, when and how to distribute it to the family and the public.

The funeral home in Calgary will have some guiding questions and required details that they will ask for to start the obituary. From there, they can either guide you through the process, or take care of writing it for you. Once the obituary is complete, your family can review it to ensure everyone is happy with what has been said. Then the obituary can be published.

Here are some of the questions and information the funeral home in Calgary will need from you to craft an obituary:

There are 6 things that are standard to include in an obituary.

  1. Announcement of death

  2. Important details and life events

  3. Family members to list

  4. Funeral/memorial/visitation times

  5. Flower or memorial donation information

  6. Photos

 

To announce that the death has occurred, you will want to share the following details:

  • The deceased’s name (including any nicknames)

  • Age

  • Location of residence

  • Location of death

  • Date of death

  • Cause of death (optional)

 

You may also want to consider including:

  • Hometown and other locations lived

  • Schools and degrees earned

  • Employer names and positions held

  • Military service and rank

  • Hobbies and interests

  • Place of worship belonged to

  • Memberships or organizations they were a part of

 

Family Members to List

Family members can be listed as those who are survivors and also those who have preceded the deceased in death. You can list key family members in the following order: spouse, children and their spouses, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, parents and siblings. Grandparents, cousins, in-laws and nephews or nieces may also be listed. You may wish to include pets as well if they were particularly important to the deceased.

When it’s time to share the obituary with the public, these are the most common places it will be published:

  • Local newspapers

  • Social media platforms

  • Online obituary websites

  • Community or organization newsletters

 

It is not necessary to publish the obituary in all of these locations, just where it will be seen by the majority of people that you want to notify of the death.

 

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