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Writing an Obituary

Blue Ridge Cremation Society does not provide obituary services. For those families wishing to list an obituary, they will need to contact their desired news outlet. We have provided you with frequently asked questions regarding obituaries that will help you create and submit your own obituary.

Tips to Writing an Obituary

How to Submit an Obituary

Obituaries may be submitted electronically via e-mail to most newspapers. The instructions are usually found on the publication website under Obituaries.

What Should I Include in an Obituary?

It is important that the full name, along with the location and date of passing is included in the obituary so that there is no confusion over whom has died. You may wish to consider placing a photograph with the text, but additional charges may be applied. If you wish, mention where the deceased resided. This will normally only include the street, city and region/state/province/county.

In a concise manner, write about the significant events in the life of the deceased. This may include the schools he or she attended and any degrees attained; you may also include any vocations or interests that the deceased was involved with.

It is common to include a list of those who have survived the deceased. The list should include (where applicable), parents, spouse and children, adopted children, half and step children, siblings, half and step siblings, and grandparents. Additional information such as where the body will be laid to rest and any pallbearer's names or names of honorary pallbearers may be mentioned.

At this point list the details of the time and location of any services for the deceased: these may include the funeral, burial, wake and memorial service where appropriate.

Seeing as most newspapers charge by the word when placing an obituary, it may not always be feasible to mention everything that we have stated in our guidelines. Use your own discretion and do not put yourself under any financial hardship. Your loved one would understand.

While you are welcome to list your own obituary with a news outlet, Blue Ridge Cremation Society will not be responsible for listing your obituary on our website or with any news outlet.