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Tips for Creating an Obituary for a Loved One 

Published: May 1, 2023
by ARN Funeral & Cremation Services

How can you possibly sum up a person's entire life in a matter of just a few paragraphs? It can be tricky trying to do it, but that's what you're going to need to attempt to do when you're writing an obituary for a loved one at one of the Indianapolis, IN funeral homes. Fortunately, there are several tips you can keep in the back of your mind to make the process of writing an obituary a little easier. Take a look at these tips below and be sure to use them as you piece together a loved one's obituary. 

Hold a big brainstorming session with your family at the very start. 

As we just alluded to, it can be tough to wrap your head around the idea that you're going to need to summarize a loved one's life in a pretty small space. For this reason, you should avoid jumping headfirst into writing an obituary and begin by holding a brainstorming session with your family instead. During this brainstorming session, you can all shout out different things that made your loved one so special. It should make it easier for you to hone in on the details that will need to be included in your loved one's obituary. 

Gather as much personal information about your loved one as you can. 

You're going to need to pull together a ton of personal information about your loved one for their obituary. From their full name and their hometown to the names of their immediate family members and their professional credentials, you should try to get your hands on as much info as you can. Some of your fellow family members might be able to assist you in doing this so that you don't get stuck doing it all yourself. 

Look for a good obituary template that you like online. 

If you Google "obituary templates," you should be able to find a bunch of different template options online. It would be worth reading through some of them and deciding which ones you like the most. You can then narrow down your options and look for the one that seems like it'll work the best for your loved one's obituary. It'll provide you with a much better idea of which information you'll need and how you'll lay it all out. 

Ask a funeral director for assistance with a loved one's obituary. 

The funeral director from a funeral home in Indianapolis, IN that you work with will be able to help you and your family in so many ways. One way they'll be able to do it is by assisting you with your loved one's obituary. If you're really stuck, they might be willing to go as far as to sit down with you to write the obituary. But if nothing else, they can set you up with some pointers that'll really come in handy. 

Does your family need help writing a loved one's obituary? Or do you need help with other aspects of a loved one's funeral services in Indianapolis, IN? Our funeral home can give you all the assistance you require. Call us now to make an appointment with an experienced funeral director


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