How to Write a Funeral Announcement

Published: December 5, 2022
by Paul R. Young Funeral Home

Funeral announcements are a great way of letting others know about the death of a loved one and when the services will take place. Many times, people prefer to write these themselves instead of having the funeral home do it for them. If that is what you want to do, it can be a good idea to learn a few things about how to write one. Here are the tips that directors of funeral homes in Cincinnati, OH want you to remember as you start.

You want to be sure you know what to include in the funeral announcement. This is not always clear to people. Unlike an obituary, you do not have to add any biographical information to the funeral announcement. You want to focus on the details of the person, when they were born and when they died, as well as the locations and dates for the service. People need to be able to know everything at a glance. Many times, people also include a short quote, perhaps a line from a religious text or from a favorite poem.

The funeral announcement is not as long as an obituary and should not contain as much information. The things that are included are the dates of birth and death of the person, where they lived, and the dates and locations of the services that you are planning. Some people like to add something more personal at the end, like a line from scripture or from a poem, but you do not have to if you do not want to.

Another thing you want to remember is to consider the services you are having. This can impact the tone of the announcement. If you are planning a celebration of life, it can be important to have an announcement that is a bit lighter in tone. It will also make a difference if the service will be private or public. If it will be private, then you will be sending the announcement out to the people who are invited, so you can be less formal. With public service, you will want to keep the tone a bit more formal. Do prepare to have a tough time with the loss. It is important to prepare yourself for the grief you will feel and to be ready for what it will bring.

These suggestions can make it easier for you to write the kind of funeral announcement you want for your loved one. Take the time to read examples and to see what you need to add to the one you write. You also need to think about the tone you want for the announcement, which can depend on the service you are planning to have. To know more about how to write a funeral announcement or to hear about the options you have for your loved one, you can reach out to a Cincinnati, OH funeral home like us. We are here to help you lay your loved one to rest. You can contact us by giving us a call or by visiting one of our locations right now to speak with an expert about this and more.

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