Is it ok to send out an announcement of a death, and invitation to a Celebration of Life sercive by email?

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Due to time restraints in planning a memorial service, is it ok to send an announcement of death and Celebration of Life service by email?

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Rebekah Peoples, CFSP, CPC, Is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. She is passionate about serving others and believes that giving clients honest, accurate information empowers them to create tributes and services that are meaningful and appropriate. Her tips about funerals and life can be found at

This is a good question. It means that although there are time constraints, you still want people to be aware of this important information. There may be those who think this is not the best way, but I think it's okay. Sometimes the timing of services requires that large numbers of people be notified as quickly as possible, and informing of a death and services by email does exactly that.

It goes without saying that you'll probably call, instead of email, those closest to you and the one who died.

One positive thing to consider is that an email will make it easy for the recipients to simply click "reply", and their responses will be likely to include a memory or story - which will be a source of comfort (and even smiles) in the days ahead.