An outline of the biographical sketch is a huge time saver. It’s important to note that an obituary is not your loved one’s life story. It’s a story that provides important information and events. It tells the story of one’s life, important dates, connections and tales. The outline helps capture these key dates.
Everyone’s life is unique but usually everyone has shared milestones.
Things You might want to include:
Activities—(Include churches, clubs, organizations, volunteer groups, hobbies and other things that were important to your loved one.)
- Vocation and Places of Employment
- Military Service
- Special Pets
- Personality Traits and Anecdotes
People left to cherish Their Memory
Parents, Spouses, Children, Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren’s Names and Residences–If this list becomes lengthy, you can translate names into numerical values (ex: “five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren”).
—Other Family Members (Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, Uncles, etc.) and Special Friends–This can make your obituary lengthy and cause a political disturbance for those who feel excluded.