Obituary Format & Directions

Writing a meaningful obituary, can be difficult, please use our resources to help you gather your information and stories.

This obituary format is only a guide, and those things that are not appropriate for your particular obituary may be deleted.  Once you have your obituary draft completed and are ready to email it to us, please phone our office (989.892.3923) to obtain our “Obituary Only email address”, and so we are made aware that we should be expecting it.  If you would like to send us a photo with your obituary, please send it, uncropped, as an attachment to the email, and in a jpg format.   Also please inform us where the obituary is to be placed and to whom questions about it should be directed...including contact information.

Please fill in the areas in italics to begin your obituary draft.

Last name, First name “nickname”

Town, State

(formerly of ___________)

<First name>, age ___, passed away <Date of Death>.  He/She was born <date>, to the late <deceased parents names> in <town of birth>.

He/She was a member of <                                   >.

He/She enjoyed <                                                    >.

He/She was active with <                                       >.

Surviving are <list those surviving as spouse, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, & special friends>.  [Please place the name of the survivor and their spouse who is still living in parentheses with the name of the survivor, for example:  surviving is her cousin, Mary (Mark) Sayles]…Mary is the survivor and Mark is the spouse.

He/She was predeceased by, <list those who have died and their relationship to the deceased>.

A <Funeral Service, Memorial Service, Mass, Celebration of Life, Gathering> will be held on < date, location, and address, with Pastor/Reverend _____________ officiating>. The family will receive friends on <date, location and time>.

In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Memorial Contributions to <name of charity, charity of the donor’s choice, Wishes of the Family>.