- A funeral or memorial announcement gives brief details of the deceased life. It usually contains the following:
- Full Name, death date and maybe age
- Immediate family relationships
- A one-sentence statement of who they were (for example, “Mr. Jones served for 37 years in the United States Navy.”)
- The time, date and location for the funeral or memorial service
- It is optional to include the cause of death in the announcement.
- Funeral announcements are usually published in the deceased hometown newspaper. However, if the person who has died spent most of their life in another location, you may wish to publish theirs in that town’s newspaper. Check with your funeral director, or directly with the newspaper publication for specific information regarding publishing format and pricing.
- Special information can be given in funeral or memorial announcements. Also, any other information that would be helpful to those planning to attend can be shared in the announcement such as if services are private, or if donations are requested in lieu of flowers.
- Announcements can be made even if services are not public, or if you are not planning to have any services.
- You may also choose to send printed funeral announcements directly to family members and friends. These announcements may be personalized with a photo of the deceased and a may include bible scriptures or poetry, as well as details of any funeral or memorial services.
Taking the time to write a funeral announcement is a considerate thing to do. It allows others to reflect and offer condolences, and prepare to attend services to honor the life of the deceased.
Funeral Announcement Template
Funeral announcements are necessary means of letting friends and family know about the death of a loved one. Traditionally, these letters were sent out by family members or the funeral service provider in the mail to notify others of the specifics of the funeral. Over time, the sending of these announcements has taken varying forms as a way to get information to others quickly. Regardless of how the announcement is delivered, a funeral announcement should include some basic but useful information to help make the memorial service of the loved one memorable.
The purpose of a funeral announcement, first and foremost, is to notify the recipient that a loved one has passed away. The announcement should include the full name of the person who has died. If the individual went by a nickname or shortened name, you may want to include that too. It should include the date and time of the funeral and where it will be held. If a memorial service or reception is also being planned, the details of that should also be included.
Often times those from out of town may benefit from additional information so that they can make plans to attend the funeral service. The funeral announcement is a great way to share information about hotels and restaurants. You can also provide useful phone numbers like the number of the funeral home or cemetery, and the number of a primary point of contact within the family to help answer questions.