Obituary Template


Traditionally, an obituary refers to a written description of a person’s life and when and where the services will be held. It explains their birth date and place, death date and place, family, life accomplishments, personality, and includes the date and time of the memorial service. Over the last few years, people have also been calling the printed order of services that is handed out at the funeral, “the obituary”. This website article will focus on the printed version of the obituary template more then the written obituary. Often, the written obituary is included in the printed obituary template as well.

Written Obituary Template - The written obituary template listed below is more of a traditional and generic obituary template but you can convey the necessary information for the funeral in creative ways that will convey the personality of the person that has passed on. These days, custom obituaries are becoming more and more popular because they help celebrate the life of the loved one that has passed on. You will find this obituary template listed below in the application as well when you insert a textbox into your project.


  • Full name of the deceased (including nickname, if any)
  • Age at death
  • Residence (for example, the name of the city) at death
  • Day and date of death (remember to include the year)
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death


Date of birth 
Place of birth
Names of parents
Childhood: siblings, stories, schools, friends
Marriage(s): date of, place, name of spouse
Education: school, college, university and other
Designations, awards, and other recognition
Employment: jobs, activities, stories, colleagues, satisfactions, promotions, union activities, frustrations, 
Places of residence
Hobbies, sports, interests, activities, and other enjoyment
Charitable, religious, fraternal, political, and other affiliations; positions held
Unusual attributes, humour, other stories


Survived by (and place of residence):

Children (in order of date of birth, and their spouses)
Siblings (in order of date of birth)
Others, such as nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws
Pets (if appropriate)

Predeceased by (and date of death):

Children (in order of date of birth)
Siblings (in order of date of birth)
Others, such as nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws
Pets (if appropriate)


Day, date, time, place
Name of officiant, pallbearers, honorary pallbearers, other information
Visitation information if applicable: day, date, time, place
Reception information if applicable: day, date, time, place
Other memorial, vigil, or graveside services if applicable: day, date, time, place
Place of interment
Name of funeral home in charge of arrangements
Where to call for more information (even if no service planned)


Memorial funds established
Memorial donation suggestions, including addresses
Thank you to people, groups, or institutions
Quotation or poem 


Obituary templates that are printed are also know as a funeral obituary, obituary example, funeral brochure, funeral program, memorial program, or funeral bulletin and they are passed out to all that are in attendance before the funeral begins. Most often the obituary template will be 4 to 8 pages folded and will show pictures and backgrounds that help celebrate the life of the loved one. The obituary will also include the order of the services, poems, verses, scriptures, and any other text the family sees fit to include.