3 August 2020
For many of us, the first time we experience the death of a loved one is when one of our grandparents pass away. As sad as this event is, you must remind yourself that death is part of the natural life cycle. Having said that, it doesn't take away the pain we feel when your grandfather moves on to the next life.
Our grandfather becomes like a second dad to us. Your grandfather probably spent time with you doing things that you and him both enjoy, whether it's teaching you how to fish or helping him finish crossword puzzles in his morning newspaper. Using his decades worth of experiences in life, your grandpa guided you when you had to navigate through turbulent times. We owe a lot to our grandfather, so it would be an honor for us to write their obituary.
Usually, it is your parents or aunts and/or uncles who would write the online obituary, because they are the children of your grandpa. However, there might be times when you are the one tasked with this somber but very important process.
If you've never written an online obituary before and don't know where to start, we've outlined the basic structure for you. We also included tips that will make the online obituary for your beloved grandparents the best it can be.
Write down basic information about your grandfather such as:
Date and place of birth
Date and place of passing
Age at passing
Place of residence
Double-check dates and places. Make sure that spelling is correct. You can also add a bit of character with personal details, such as:
Names of children and grandchildren
Hobbies and achievements of note
Your grandfather's life was unique. This part of the obituary is where you let your grandfather's unique personality and legacy shine. Provide a brief biography about his life, including:
Major life events
Contributions and causes
Profession or trade
The lives he touched
Close friends and colleagues
Funny habits or quirks
If you're writing the online obituary before their funeral, provide the important details about the service. You might like to consider adding the following:
Name of the funeral home and contact number
Place of service
Date and time of visitation
Any special program for the deceased
Officiant Name (if applicable)
However, if you're creating the online obituary after your beloved grandfather's funeral, you can skip creating this section.
Last, but not least, you can add a special message for or about your grandpa. As the editor of their online obituary, you can choose to write it in first-person or from a third-person perspective. It's up to you to choose which tone is more appropriate or intimate.
You can talk about fond memories of your grandfather. Don't be afraid to write something humorous or quirky for as long as it's appropriate for an obituary. Although online obituaries are serious, it doesn't have to be somber or heavy. Obituaries are meant to show the remarkable life and personality of your grandfather.