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How to announce a death and write an obituary

Writing an obituary for a loved one can be difficult. You may choose to announce the death by way of a newspaper notice.

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Funeral cortege

A funeral procession is also called a funeral cortege. It is a slow, solemn and respectful convoy of vehicles, which conveys the deceased and the mourners from the site of the funeral ceremony to the crematorium or graveside.

The Funeral Cortege

Dressing the deceased

When dressing the deceased any attire that reflects a personal passion, hobby, occasion or achievement is increasingly popular. This might include wedding dresses, football strips, military uniforms, or motorbike leathers. You are also more than welcome to bring in your loved one’s make-up, perfume, or aftershave.

Guide to Dressing the Deceased

Carrying the coffin

A pallbearer is traditionally one of the people who help to carry someone’s coffin from the hearse to the funeral venue and, if they are being buried, to their grave. People who are chosen to do this or who would like to, are usually very close family members and friends.

Guide to carrying the coffin

Alternative funeral Ideas

To arrange a unique funeral, it’s often the little things that can make a loved one’s final goodbye or celebration more personal. Allow us to inspire you with some wonderful, unique, and alternative funeral ideas.

Guide to alternative funerals

How to write a eulogy

For many people, close family, friends, and work colleagues, writing and delivering a eulogy is a deeply emotional experience, and though it can be a positive experience for some, it must be remembered that it can be too difficult for others.

Guide to delivering a eulogy

The funeral reception

Sometimes referred to as the wake, the funeral reception held after the funeral service can be a traditional or unique affair. As personalised funerals become more popular, people are choosing to use this time to celebrate the life of their loved one rather than mourn their passing.

Guide to organising a funeral reception

After the funeral

After the funeral, you are not alone. Bennetts Funeral Directors will continue to support you, and all our bereaved families with practical information and a vast network of bereavement support services.

Guide to bereavement support

Bereavement support

Dealing with loss and bereavement can be a very difficult and confusing time for any individual or family and losing someone we love is probably one of the hardest experiences many of us will ever go through. Our local bereavement support groups, courses, and seminars will guide and support you through your healing process. You are not alone!

Bereavement Support Services

The announcement of the death of a loved one is sometimes placed in a local or national newspaper.  When arranging a funeral writing an obituary or newspaper notice is not only an important opportunity to publicly announce the death and funeral details, but it can also be used to detail where any donations or floral tributes and funeral flowers can be sent.

Information required when writing a death announcement

The basic information usually included to announce a death is:

  • Name, age, occupation, and city of deceased
  • Time and place of death. (some include cause of death)
  • Birthdate and birthplace
  • Names of surviving family members
  • Memberships in local or national organisations
  • Military service.
  • Funeral, memorial and burial arrangements

If you have chosen a charity or good cause to receive donations in memory of your loved one, this can also be mentioned. You would write this by saying “in lieu of flowers, please send donations to (Name of Charity)”

If you plan to announce a death by way of a newspaper notice, it’s very important to proof read.

  • Check the funeral date and time
  • Names are spelled correctly
  • Instructions for making donations are correct
  • An obituary notice would generally include more details of the person, together with their life and achievements in more depth

Announcing a death online

Increasingly, people also use the internet to post an announcement or an obituary. This is usually on the pages of an online newspaper or on a social networking website.

Bennetts Funeral Directors will be happy to help you arrange the announcement of a death and can give you an initial approximation of cost.

Call us on 01277 210104 or 01277 627492, we are here to help.