ARRANGEMENT CHECKLIST

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Personal Information

  • Full Name

  • Nick Name

  • Address of the Deceased

  • Phone

  • Email

  • Date of Birth

  • Place of Birth

  • Social Security #

  • Occupation

  • Resume or Professional Info / Career (Obituary)

  • Mother’s Maiden Name

  • Father’s Full Name

  • Siblings with address information

Special Papers

  • Cemetery Deed

  • Insurance Papers

  • Proof of Military Service – (DD214 or Separation Notice)Only if Applicable

Personal Effects

  • Suit or Dress

  • Undergarments

  • Shoes, slippers, footies (optional)

  • Women – personal makeup (lip color/eye color)

  • Jewelry



How to write an Obituary?

Introduction
Writing an obituary for a friend or family member can be accomplished using an outline divided into four parts. The first part of an obituary is called the introduction. On a sheet of paper, write the word "introduction." Under this header, list the person's name, age (optional), date of death, and place of death. If you are comfortable with it, you may choose to include the cause of death, but this piece of information is rarely added today. You are only preparing the basic structure at this point. You'll fill in the obituary once you've completed the outline.

Writing an obituary for a friend or family member can be accomplished using an outline divided into four parts. The first part of an obituary is called the introduction. On a sheet of paper, write the word "introduction." Under this header, list the person's name, age (optional), date of death, and place of death. If you are comfortable with it, you may choose to include the cause of death, but this piece of information is rarely added today. You are only preparing the basic structure at this point. You'll fill in the obituary once you've completed the outline.


Background/Short biography
Moving further down the sheet of paper, write "Background/Bio." Under this header, list the highlights of the subject's life. You should include date and place of birth, name of parents, any causes or organizations in which the deceased was passionate or active. Name two or three things your family member or friend truly enjoyed doing. For example, my grandmother's favorite hymn was "Mary," and I included this in her obituary. Highlight any significant challenges this person overcame during their lifetime.

Surviving Relatives
It is customary to include a list of surviving relatives in an obituary. Begin with spouse, children (and their spouses), and siblings. Next, list the number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins. You may also choose to mention friends and co-workers, without giving names or quantity.


In each of the above sections, link the ideas listed into sentences and paragraphs, and edit for grammar and syntax. In three simple steps, you've completed the obituary. This is an emotional task, one which many people never want to have to do. It's our sincere hope at D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes, that this simple three step outline helps simplify how to write an obituary.




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