Creating a funeral announcement can be a challenging task especially when you are already going through various emotions such as grieving and sorrow. It is natural to be at a loss as far as the wording you will use. It doesn't have to be as compliment as one might imagine. With some guidelines noted here, you can complete it in a short time. The funeral announcement wording can be as lengthy or as short as you'd like. Depending on the publication or the media in which your sending will determine the amount of wording you may want to write. There are many different ways to send a funeral announcement. First determine which way you want to get the word out of the passing of a loved one. Perhaps you choose more than one way to disseminate the news as often your family and friends may not always read from the same source.
There is the traditional funeral announcement that is you write for newspaper obituary publication. This announcement takes the form of an short obituary and usually contains where the funeral services will be held at the end of the announcement. Writing an announcement for the newspaper is often the way to get the death announced on a broader level, especially if the deceased was known within the community.
You can also send a letter or card to announce the death of your loved one. If you are unable to do this, perhaps a friend or family member can be enlisted to help. The funeral announcement wording can be a few sentences or a paragraph which is then sent to family, friends, and acquaintances. Check out our funeral thank you card templates that can easily be converted into a funeral announcement, if desired. Just change the wording on the front cover or remove it altogether.
With the internet growing in technology, e-cards are increasing in popularity. You can also send a funeral announcement via email. This can be a great time and money saver. It can be as simple as writing it within the body of the email or creating an announcement design and send it as an attachment. The choice is up to you and what your comfortable doing. You can choose to use our postcard announcement template and save it as an image or .jpg file then send this as the attachment for the announcement. There is a little more work in doing so but it will provide a professional and elegant way to promote the news of death. This can be especially helpful when you are sending it out to many people.
Sometimes, a death of a high school or prominent figure may deem this type of announcement to be necessary. If you are expecting or notifying a smaller amount of people, you can be a little more informal, if desired. Remember this is an announcement and most people are not expecting a long letter. Announcements are meant to be short or 1-2 paragraphs in nature.
Wording can be short and is recommended that it be no longer than 300-500 words. It should state the window or bereaved family's name, who the deceased is, the day of death and where and when the service will be held. It's not necessary to write a long announcement unless you want to do so for immediate family members. But typically, friends and acquaintances just need a simpler version.
Here is an example of funeral announcement wording that you may want to incorporate into yours:
"Susan Jackson is sad to report the death of her husband John Jackson, who died on July 26, 2008 in a tragic automobile accident. He was 50 years old and worked for the California Department of Housing Unit. A keen inspector, he was deeply involved with the local protection of housing act and green living. He will be deeply missed by friends and family.John’s funeral service will be held on July 30, 2008 at 4.00 p.m. Shade Lands, Walnut Creek"
It is good to remember that there is no right way or wrong way to provide an announcement. It is up to the bereaved family on whether or not they want to include the cause of death. It is not necessary but depending on the circumstances may wish to include it.