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Writing a Death Notice

Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home is proud to offer this web page to assist families with the honourable task of comipling a death notice for the newspaper.

What Is A Death Notice

More than merely a 'good-bye' to the deceased, a death notice is a farewell which can, in chronological order, detail the life of the deceased. A death notice also serves as notification that an individual has passed away and communicates to the public the details of the funeralization services that are to take place.

What To Include

Naturally, it is vital that the full name, along with the location and date of passing is included so that there is no confusion over whom has died. You may wish to consider placing a photograph (which can appear as black & white or in color depending on the newspaper's layout) with the text. In a concise manner, write about the significant events in the life of the deceased. This may include the schools he or she attended and any degrees attained; you may also include any vocations or interests that the deceased was involved with.

How To Compile A Death Notice

The table below illustrates a typical death notice.   Families are encouraged to made death notices for their loved ones unique and meaningful and are welcome to customize it in any way they wish.   For assistance, however the table describes what typically composes a death notice.

Element                                             Example                    Example in Death Notice  

 
Name LASTNAME, first name middle name(s)

SMITH, John Edward -

Passed away peacefully at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, on Monday March 6th, 2006, in his 84th year.  Loving husband of 60 years of Ann (nee Scott).  Beloved father of Jack and his wife Sarah and Doris and her husband Bill Rogers.  Proud grandfather of Scott, Mary, Peter, David, Chris and Steven.  Great-Grandfather of Robert and Jennifer.  Survived by his sister Margaret Eves and predeceased his brothers Norman and Richard.  Son of the late Edward and Rebecca Smith.  John was born on February 14th, 1922.  He was educated at Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto where he graduated with a business degree in 1945 after which he began his life-long employment with the Provincial Government.  John was an avid fisherman and hockey player.    Friends may call at the Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. S., Newmarket on Tuesday March 7th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.  Funeral service in the chapel on Wednesday March 8th at 1:00 p.m. followed by interment at Newmarket Cemetery.  Special thanks to the caring staff at Southlake.   If desired, donations in memory of John can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.  On-line condolences may be made at www.roadhouseandrose. com

Place of Death / Date of Death / Age Passed away peacefully at _______________ on (day/month/date/year) in his/her ____ year
Spouse(if applicable) Loving wife / husband of __________

Children (if applicable)
-in order of age
-list children's spouses
-list last names if different
from deceased

Beloved mother / father of _______, ________ and _______,
Grandchildren(if applicable) Proud grandmother / grandfather of ________, _______, _______ and ______.
Great Grandchildren(if applicable) Great grandmother / great grandfather of _______, _______, and _______.
Parents(if both deceased) Daughter / son of the late ________ and ________.

Accomplishments (if desired. may include birth date / place education, employment
organizations, hobbies / interests

_________ graduated from _________ and worked _________.
Funeralization DetailsVisitation Friends may call at _________ on __________.
Funeralization DetailsService Funeral / Memorial service at _________ on _______.
Funeralization DetailsInterment Interment at _______ Cemetery or "followed by cremation"
Special Thanks(if desired) The family would like to thank _______ and _______.
Memorial Donations(if desired) Memorial Donations in _______'s name may be made to the ________.
On-Line Condolences(if desired) On-line condolences may be made at www.________

 

Surviving relatives as indicated in the table above may be listed by name. Other relatives mayll not be mentioned by name but may be included in terms of their relationship to the deceased. In other words, the obituary may mention that the deceased had 5 grandchildren; 7 nieces etc. However, exceptions to the above rule can be made if, for example, the deceased only had one grandchild or a nephew who was the only person living in the newspaper's distribution area. These exceptions are obviously made based on each individual case.

Also, anyone listed as a special friend or companion is not normally included amongst the list of survivors unless the deceased's blood relatives request that it be so. The obituary's traditional purpose is to list survivors either related through the bloodline or marriage.

Additional information such as where the body will be laid to rest and any pallbearer's names or names of honorary pallbearer's may be mentioned.

At this point list the details of the time and location of any services for the deceased: these may include the funeral, burial, wake and memorial service where appropriate.


 

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