You have informed those who need to know and now it’s time to tell the wider community. Announcing the death of a loved one is a fairly straightforward task, but emotionally, it can be quite taxing. Here’s our step-by-step guide…
Decide where you’ll place the announcement
While many choose to post the announcement on social media, for example via a Facebook post, some still prefer to go the traditional route. If you are choosing to announce the death of your loved one in the newspaper or in a parish newsletter, get in touch with the editor. You’ll want to ask for the space in the publication, how you should submit the piece and their word count restrictions. Please bear in mind, if you choose to place a death announcement or obituary in a newspaper, a cost may be incurred.
There are certain key things that you’ll need to include in an obituary or announcement of death. These key things are as follows:
The full name of the deceased and, if applicable, the nickname they were known by
The date of their passing
The details of the funeral or service of remembrance (if known) including; date, time, and location
If applicable, you’ll also want to include the details of the reception or wake.
In some cases, you’ll also want to include other key details. These might be any of the following: names of surviving family members, the name of the deceased’s employer, a photo of them, information on where charitable donations can be made in their name, information regarding where they can contribute to a memorial.
While all of this information is usually included in the more formal and traditional forms of death announcement, you can also include them on a Facebook post. The benefit of a Facebook announcement is the ability to write as much as you like. You may, therefore, like to write something heartfelt or personal in addition to these details.
Ideas of how to begin.
Sometimes starting the piece is the hardest part of the whole task. So, we’ve collated some ideas on how to begin your announcement of passing:
The Doe Family is saddened to announce the passing of John Doe.
It is with heavy hearts we announce that on 1/1/2020, John Doe, aged 75 passed away at The Place.
On 1/1/2020, Jane Doe, beloved Mother and Grandmother, sadly passed away at Place.
Jane Doe, 75. It is with great sadness that theDoe Family announces the passing of ourmother.
We hope that this article was of help to you in this tough time. If you are looking to set up a memorial page for your loved one, click here.