How do I obtain an obituary?

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How do I obtain an obituary?


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Ed Markin, BS, MBA, PhD, is the director of research for the Alzheimer's Disease Research Foundation and author of more than a dozen books. For the past 15 years, Markin has operated the Funeral Help Program.

The obituary can be written by a relative, a friend, a journalist or ... the guest of honor herself! Contact the newspapers in which you want the obituary to run and get their guidelines. Some will have a checklist or even a form to help organize the information. An obituary is a brief biography of the deceased and should highlight the things the deceased (or the next of kin) considered most important. In the listing of survivors, start with surviving spouse, parents, siblings (if desired) children and ... just a number of grand/great-grandchildren. Ex-spouses, significant others and the romantic interests of family members can be handled as you wish. After all, it's your funeral.