HOW TO WRITE AN OBITUARY: Death is what no one prays for but sometimes it is inevitable. What we have done while we live they said is what we are being remembered for. An obituary is a display of the memories held in our hearts of the loved ones we lost. An obituary gives off to people around the kind of life the deceased lived, it displays the picture of a life well-lived in our minds. How do we pen down a wonderful pile of memories, check it out:


  1. Time of Departure is Always Liable to Come First: You could start with their full names, when they passed on, where they lived. The cause of death is not necessarily needed. Summarizing the sentences and make it as simple as possible. It’s important to note in the memories shared, achievements (i.e. education, contributions to community and lives touched). All the significant occurrences should reflect in an obituary.
  2. Survived by: It’s normal to add friends, family and loves one who the dead has so much survived on. e.g. Ada lived on peacefully at the hospital in Lagos and was survived by her husband who’s in his late 50’s, Obinna her three children (Nnanna, Adanne, and Ike), her mother, her two sisters, and four brothers.
  3. Special Message or Song Inclusive: When the death occurs, the deceased would always be remembered, for a particular song, or poem he recites when he was alive or a special message, short prayer would be added in remembrance of deceased.

An accepted/happy obituary photo of the deceased should be added as well. A good headshot of the dead when he/she was alive.

Memorial Service/Funeral Information

The information contained in the obituary is published at least a day or two days before the memorial service. important information such as different dates and times for different events for the success of the burial, locations or villages for condolence visitation. Also include phone contacts in case confusion or more information/requirements/contributions to the event.

Contributions as mentioned above because there might be organizations or groups that the deceased might have belonged to. A tree can never make a forest, so the family of the deceased could reach out to those organizations or groups for assistance. The family could write a letter to these organization telling them how far they have gone with preparation and list items remaining and then ask for donations.

At the end of the obituary writing, the family could include if wanted though, the names of organizations or groups that helped in putting things in order.

NB: Condolence, eulogy, and obituary writers should learn to reflect or show in their writing the what made the deceased lovable, what memories they have with the deceased and what they will miss about them.