Ways You Can Personalize An Obituary For Your Loved One

By: David Tindall
Wednesday, February 21, 2024

When a loved one passes away, publishing an obituary in the local newspaper is a traditional way to announce their death and details of their life. However, a basic obituary that simply lists facts like birth and death dates, surviving family members, etc. can feel impersonal. To truly honor your loved one's memory and unique spirit, take the opportunity to personalize their obituary in meaningful ways.

Tips To Personalize An Obituary For Your Loved One

Here are some ideas from the experts at Tindall Funeral Home:

  • Share Their Story - An obituary should go beyond just stating when and where someone was born. Use the space to craft a mini-biography highlighting their background, accomplishments, hobbies, and passions. Where did they grow up? What was their career or proudest achievements? What brought them joy and fulfillment? Weave in entertaining anecdotes and details that capture their personality.
  • Include a Favorite Quote or Verse - Is there a saying or scriptural verse that was especially meaningful or embodied their outlook on life? Adding those words can pack emotional resonance. "He lived by the motto 'Leave it better than you found it,'" or "As an avid gardener, she was fond of this line from Ecclesiastes: 'To everything there is a season...'"
  • Incorporate Photos - Most obituaries allow you to include one or two photos. Rather than a standard headshot, consider using an image that encapsulates their essence - playing an instrument, in their military uniform, on a favorite vacation, or laughing with grandchildren. You could even create a collage with multiple snapshots spanning different eras of their life.
  • Spotlight Unique Traits - What was distinctive about their character, talents, or pursuits? Shed light on lesser-known interests, quirks, or skills that made them memorable. "Lucy was known for her quick wit and her championship backgammon skills." "Joe took immense pride in his record-breaking cabbage harvest each year and his 1966 Corvette Stingray."
  • Mention Cherished Possessions - Did they have a lucky keepsake, prized collection, or anything else that held profound significance? Note it in their obituary. "An avid fan of western movies, he could recite lines from his favorite John Wayne films by heart" or "She treasured her mother's cameo brooch, which she wore every day."
  • End with a Warm Closing - Conclude with a final affectionate send-off. Rather than simply noting a memorial service location and time, use phrases like "He was deeply loved and will be missed by all who knew him" or "May her generous spirit and zest for living inspire us to each day to its fullest."

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