When many people think about planning for their death, things like writing a will come to mind. Some would also take the step to talk to a funeral director about making funeral arrangements based on their wishes.

It’s not easy to think about death, let alone plan for it. But it’s important. Death is inevitable and planning for it shows that you care for your family. It helps them to cope with the grief. Another aspect that you should consider as a part of your end-of-life planning would be writing your obituary.

Be remembered forever

An obituary helps to publicly honour the dead. You will find them published in local newspapers, prominent publications, and even on social media. As you write your own obituary, this is a chance for you to reflect on your life. It offers you the opportunity to share your story and decide the type of legacy you want to leave behind. You don’t have to do this alone either – it can be a positive experience to have your loved ones involved. You will have a peace of mind knowing you had your say. Be sure to add some personality to your writing to assure that it came from you.

Learn how to write an obituary

Fundamentally, an obituary informs people that a death has taken place. The list below will help ensure you have covered the basics, as well as add more unique details on your life and legacy. If you need a hand, you can always refer to your funeral director for some directions on writing your obituary.

  • Your name – full name as well as any nicknames that loved ones may recognise you by
  • A summary of your life with all the major achievements or events such as marriage
  • A list of relatives – you can list your spouse, children, parents, siblings or event pets. You can include those who have passed away followed by survivors
  • Funeral arrangements – share details of the funeral service such as venue
  • Specifics that’ll honour your memory – this can be hobbies, special interests or places you have travelled that will showcase your individuality to others

Putting pen to paper

To help your thoughts flow, consider answering these questions:

  • What are some of your cherished memories?
  • Which achievements make you gleam with pride?
  • How would you like loved ones to remember you?
  • Which words best describe the life you’ve lived?
  • What legacy would you like to leave?

Your obituary can evolve and change, so feel free to revise it as you continue to experience new things. You may also realise that you want a different idea of the legacy you wish to leave behind. Ultimately, it has to bear significant meaning to you. Share it with your loved ones and make sure they know of your end-of-life wishes.