How to Write a Great Obituary

A direct cremation for a deceased relative is the simplest and most cost-effective disposition strategy since it eliminates all the extras, but that doesn’t mean that you have to hold back when it comes to putting together the obituary. An obituary is like an official notice of death, so it’s appropriate whether you get a direct cremation in Parma, OH or a traditional burial.

But how exactly should you go about writing a great obituary in honor of one you loved? Even though it’s not an exact science, here are some things to keep in mind.

Death Announcement

This is the most important part. You should mention the name of the deceased and include particulars such as age, where the person resided prior to passing away, and where and when the person died. Generally, you don’t have to disclose the cause of death. But understand that people will be curious and may inquire as to the cause. You can potentially avoid having to answer the same question dozens of times if you disclose the cause of death in the obituary.


This is where you can unleash your creative flare for the written word — or outsource this task to a family member who is more comfortable putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. Cover milestones in the person’s life such as educational attainment, marriage, and birth of children. Don’t leave out key accomplishments. Was the person a volunteer fireman? Did she work full-time and still find the time to volunteer on various boards in the community? Did she earn a reputation for being a mother-like figure to those who otherwise would not have had such a positive influence in their lives? These are the sorts of things you should mention. You should keep the obituary relatively short, so do a bit of a biographical sketch to capture a wide swath of what the person was like.


Mention the names of the person’s parents, spouse, children and other close family members. You can’t include everyone, of course. But be sure to at least have the parents and the person’s immediate family, assuming that he or she had a spouse and/or children.

Time of Service

Of course, if you’re getting a direct cremation in Parma, OH, you won’t have a funeral service. But you could opt to have a memorial service, sort of like a celebration of the deceased’s life, later. And when you do disclose the time, be sure to mention the location.


Don’t underestimate the importance of including a nice picture. If using a picture of the person when he or she was younger, be sure that others seeing the obituary in the newspaper will actually be able to tell who the person is. Don’t go too far back to find a nice photo.

Are you looking for the right funeral home to perform a Parma, OH direct cremation for your deceased loved one? Look no further than All Ohio Cremation & Burial Society. You can stop by our office at 16150 Brookpark Rd., Cleveland, OH, 44135 to speak to our funeral director or to someone else on our staff about your needs. You can also call us at (216) 631-4500 for a free consultation. Let our professional and courteous employees help you during a difficult time.

Patrick Mahoney