How to write a death notice

Published: 10/1/2024
How to write a death notice
How to write a death notice

Sharing the news of your loved ones passing through a death notice is an honourable way to commemorate their life. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps of creating a thoughtful and heartfelt death notice. We understand that this is a sensitive time, and we're here to assist you in writing a death notice that truly honours your loved one's memory.

Gather information

Before you start writing the notice, gather all the necessary information including: 

  1. Full name of the deceased
  2. Date of birth and date of passing
  3. Location of death
  4. A high-quality photo of the deceased
  5. A brief biography or summary of their life
  6. Funeral director details

Begin with the announcement

Start your death notice by announcing the passing of your loved one. Use a clear and respectful tone. For example:

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of (full name) on (date), at (place of death), aged (age)

Include a photo

A picture is worth a thousand words. Choose a cherished photograph that captures your loved one's essence. Including a photo adds a personal touch to the notice, allowing people to remember them as they were.

Biographical information

Share a brief but meaningful overview of your loved one's life. Highlight their accomplishments, interests, and personality traits. This is an opportunity to provide context about who they were. For example:  

Born on (date of birth) in (place of birth), (full name) led a life filled with (notable achievements or interests). They will be remembered for their (qualities or traits) and their memory will forever live on in our hearts.

Acknowledge grief and offer thanks

Express gratitude for the support and love received during this challenging time. It's an opportunity to acknowledge the people who have been there for you and your family. For instance:  

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for the love, support and condolences we have received during this trying time. Your kindness has been a source of comfort and strength.

Review and proofread

Once you've written the death notice, carefully review it for accuracy and clarity. Check for any spelling or grammatical errors. It's essential to ensure the notice is a fitting tribute to your loved one.

Publishing the death notice

You can publish the death notice in various ways, such as in newspapers, on websites, or through social media. Be sure to follow any guidelines or word limits if you're using a specific platform.

Seek support

Writing a death notice can be emotionally taxing. Reach out to friends or family members for support or even consider seeking help from a professional to assist you during this process.

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Allow for personalisation

While there are traditional components to a death notice, feel free to personalise it to best honour your loved one's memory. Share stories or anecdotes that reflect their unique personality and spirit.

Timing matters

Consider when you want to publish the death notice. It is typically done shortly after the passing, but you can choose a time that feels right for you and your family. Allow enough time for friends and family who are wanting to attend the service be prepared. 

Plan for obituaries

If you wish to provide a more detailed account of your loved one's life, consider writing a separate obituary, which can be published in our newspapers or online.

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Share their story

Writing a death notice is a way to celebrate your loved one's life and share the news of their passing with others. It's an opportunity to pay tribute to their memory and express gratitude for the support of your friends and family during this challenging time.  

As you embark on this journey, remember that there's no right or wrong way to write a death notice; it's a deeply personal process. Take your time, gather your thoughts, and use the steps and guidelines in this guide to create a heartfelt and meaningful tribute to your loved one.  

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