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Obituary Template

We have broken down a typical obituary to provide you with a template to assist you.

Announcement: The formal notification of the death that states the full name; the desired phrase: died, passed way, etc.; and the date and place (city / town). The cause of death is not usually stated but may be if so desired. The date and place of birth are usually listed next.


Arlington, TX – Jane Doe died peacefully after a courageous battle with Cancer, on December 3, 2006 in Dallas. She was born on March 28, 1921 in Waco, TX. 

Survivor Information: Listing the spouse, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren,nieces, nephews, in-laws, other close relatives, close friends and even pets. Predeceased relatives are usually noted before the survivors.


Predeceased by her husband, John in 2001; Jane is survived by her children, Patricia (Frank) Thompson, Matthew (Sally), and Peter; her grandchildren, Robin Thompson, James and Jessica Robinson; and her cat, Maddy. She will be missed by many other relatives and friends.

Biographical Information: This will tell a little about the person’s life, their, education, work, honours, hobbies, etc.


When John returned from the war, Jane and John were married in Frederickburg and decided to raise their family. After the children were in school, Jane returned to nursing at the Harris Methodist Hospital. In retirement, Jane and John were active in their church as well as avid lawn bowlers. Her greatest pleasure was received when spending time with her family.

Scheduled Ceremonies: This will give the time and location of any viewings, memorial services, scatterings or inurnments; or any other gathering you may choose.


A celebration of Jane’s life will be held at the Botanic Garden’s in Fort Worth at a later date.

Contributions or Flowers: Some families request that contributions be made to a meaningful organization instead of sending flowers.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Condolences: Add this phrase at the end of the notice to let readers know that they can submit confidential messages for the family.We often receive many condolences, even from around the world.


Condolences for the family may be offered at

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