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Writing an Obituary

How to write an obituary...

Whenever possible, we invite families to craft a personalized obituary on behalf of their loved one. A family written obituary is a labor of love which serves to tell the unique story of your loved one and can serve as a memorial keepsake in the years to come. Customs and traditions for writing and placing an obituary notice may vary depending on your religious affiliation, ethnic background, or region. The information below is a general guideline to help you write an obituary. Our funeral home will insert the service details for you in Paragraph IV. 

Paragraph I - Provide full name, age, city of residency and/or former city of residency, date of death and place of death. Consider the verbiage you desire to use, e.g. "died, passed away..."

Paragraph II - Consider including education, military service, career information, community involvements, church affiliations, fraternal organizations, memberships, etc. You may also want to tell of some of their accomplishments, great passions, or favorite activities.

Paragraph III - List predeceased relatives if desired. Then list surviving family members. You might also mention any people or groups that you wish to thank publicly for care given to the deceased, or you might list casket bearers.

Paragraph IV - Your funeral director will insert the visitation and service information in this section, including pertinent information about the officiant and/or interment information. All will be published in a formal and reverent manner.

Paragraph V - In the final paragraph, mention any charities or memorial funds to which you would like people to direct donations. You may also include special poems or prayers in quotations.

Please note that when including a photograph for the obituary, it is important to choose a high resolution photograph. Low resolution photographs can easily become pixelated/distorted when printed in the newspaper or posted online.

Remember to ask your funeral director about publications available to you within the Nashoba Valley, Southern New Hampshire, or Greater Boston areas in which you may want the obituary to be published. We are happy to provide recommendations as well as approximate price ranges for the printing costs of each publication.

As a service to our families and in light of increasing printing costs, your loved one's obituary will be shared on our website at no additional charge. This online memorial will be available to view in perpetuity. 
Please note that not every family wishes to publish an obituary - if you do not see an obituary that you are looking for, it is possible the family chose not to add one.

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