How to Personalize an Obituary

By: Greg Hurd
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

During the trying time of grieving the loss of a loved one, you may become distracted by the busy time of planning and organizing a funeral for your last goodbye. An obituary is an important part of honoring your loved one, although it may a difficult task to complete, in a way that is specific and personal to your loved one.


Overall writing an obituary covers the date of birth and death of your loved one and their funeral arrangements. Although, in order to personalize an obituary and make it different from others is to include an in-depth overview of the deceased’s life and accomplishments. Here are a few ways in which you can personalize your loved one’s obituary and make it unique.


Collecting Stories

You may have your personal stories to include in the obituary, but reaching out and finding other stories you may not have heard before from family and friends is a good way to gather memorable stories. Be sure to ask for permission before publishing stories you have collected from others.


Hobbies and Skills

Take some time and think about what your loved one loved to do. What were they good at? Perhaps they put a great deal of time into specific projects and goals. If the deceased was very passionate about something and they loved to share that with their loved ones or it was something they did in their spear time, include the love of that in their obituary. 


Specific Examples

Once you have collected stories and skills that you would like to incorporate into the obituary, narrow it down to the specific example you can talk about. Don’t hold back from weird or humorous stories. This adds originality and creativity that will honor and represent your loved one and who they were as an individual.


Put together everything you have collected and wrap it up with a photo that shows the deceased at their best. Keep in mind that this obituary is a representation of your loved one and an honor, customized to the person they were and the person who will live on in the hearts and the memories of those who read it. If you would like to speak to the professionals at Hurd Family Funeral Homes and ask more questions, you can contact the experts here

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