How to Write an Obituary for Your Grandparents

23 November 2019 • Online Obituaries

For many of us, the first time we experience the death of a loved one is when our grandparents pass away. As sad as this event is, it's actually natural and logical because of their old age. Having said that, it doesn't take away the pain we feel when a grandparent moves on to the next life.

Our grandparents become like secondary parents. They helped raise us and babysat for our parents when they were at work. They spoiled us during the holidays with gifts and, more importantly, with love and warmth. Using their decades worth of experiences in life, our grandparents guided us when we had to navigate through turbulent times. We owe a lot to our grandparents, so it would be an honor for us to write their obituary. 

Usually, it is your parents or aunts and uncles who would write the online obituary, because they are the children of your grandparents. However,, there might be times when you are the one tasked with this somber but highly 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. 

The Basics

Write down basic information about your grandparent such as:

  • Complete name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of passing
  • Age at passing
  • Place of residence
  • Spouse information

Double-check dates and places. Make sure that spelling is correct. You can also add a bit of character with personal details, such as:

  • Nicknames
  • Names of children and grandchildren
  • Personality traits
  • Hobbies and achievements of note

Present Their Brief Biography

Each life is unique. That’s what this part of the obituary is for. Provide a brief biography about your loved one’s life, including:

  • Major life events
  • Contributions and causes
  • Profession or trade
  • The lives they touched
  • Close friends and colleagues
  • Funny habits or quirks

Service Information 

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 dearly departed's funeral, you can skip creating this section. 

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Add a Special Message

Last, but not least, you can add a special message for or about your grandparent. 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 loved one. 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 loved one. 

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