How to Write an Obituary with Cranston, RI Funeral Homes

The funeral process is obviously a time of immense grief and stress for families. The task of writing an obituary for a deceased loved one all too often adds to that grief. The confusion of thinking about what to write about the deceased and then beginning the process of figuring out how to publish it is unwelcome. It can easily add stress and impede the mourning process. Thankfully, if you choose to do so, you can outsource the obituary writing and publishing process to the Cranston, RI funeral homes of your choice. 


Most funeral homes will write an obituary for free, though you should of course check with the funeral director beforehand. When you choose to let the funeral home write an obituary for you, you should provide the following information to the director: 


  1. The name and date of birth of the deceased. 
  2. An announcement about the death of this person, and the day it happened on. 
  3. A list of some of the things that important to the deceased. These might include the school he or she graduated from, his or her career, hobbies, interests, and so on. 
  4. The names of those family members who survived the deceased. 
  5. The names of those family members who predeceased this person. 
  6. The time, location, and date of the upcoming funeral or memorial service. The obituary will be published a few days before this. 
  7. Any charity that the deceased may have wished mourners to donate to in his or her name. 
  8. Any other information you think would be appropriate for the obituary. For example, you might wish to announce that the family is seeking financial assistance for the funeral. 


Once you provide the necessary information, the funeral home will take it and make a proper obituary out of it. Afterward, it will be submitted to the local newspapers for publication. Beware that some newspapers have limits on the length of an obituary, so not everything you provide may be published. 


Outsourcing the obituary writing process can be beneficial. It will allow you to plan for the funeral of your loved one without having to worry about contacting publications or writing a potentially painful passage that opens up raw wounds. You will be able to take comfort in the knowledge that a professional, who has a relationship with the obituary publications, is handling the procedures for you. 


If you need help writing an obituary or seek to outsource the task to Cranston, RI funeral homes, please don’t hesitate to contact Michael at the Frank P. Trainor and Sons Funeral Home. With decades of experience as a funeral director, he’ll answer your questions with empathy, caring, and professionalism. He will then take over the process of writing an obituary for you. You can reach him by calling (401) 461-4843. The Frank P. Trainor and Sons Funeral Home can be found at 982 Warwick Avenue, Warwick, RI 02888, which is about 10 minutes away from the downtown Providence area. 

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