How to Write an Obituary with a Twist

Announcing the death of a loved one to the community is not a new idea. In fact, small announcements have been made in America since the 16th century. It wasn’t until the 1800’s though that newspapers began reporting longer, more traditional obituaries that laid the groundwork for this important practice today.

Even though we’ve been writing and publishing such announcements for hundreds of years now, the question of “How do I write an obituary” is still fairly common. Questions like ‘what do I include’ and ‘what do I not include’ are fairly common. To help guide you through the process of how to write a good obituary (and one with a twist) we’ll need to start with the basics.

What is an Obituary?

An obituary is simply a notice of death. It can be as short or as long as it’s author desires. They are typically written by a family member or a friend and discuss who they were and the way they touched the lives of those around them.  

What To Include in an Obituary

In the past, obituaries included more information then they do now. When writing an obituary please take into considerations what information you include, and more importantly, what information to not include.


  • Name
  • Date of death
  • Marriages
  • List of survivors
  • Major life events
  • Military service
  • Funeral home
  • Date and time of any upcoming services

The reason why we include a list of things to not include, is that this information is sensitive. Password changes or security questions often ask for these details and we don’t want this information falling into the hands of someone who could use it in a negative way. That doesn’t go to say that you can’t include it when you write an obituary of course, but do so cautiously.

Don’t Include:

  • Middle name
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Mother’s maiden name
  • Home address

Excluding this information makes the obituary harder for thieves to steal the ID of a loved one whose no longer with us. If your concerned about ID theft after death, please click here to learn more.

How to Write an Obituary with a Twist

Eternalobits is an online database purely to share and store obituaries of loved ones. Newspapers often charge large fees to publish an obituary and then they only run for a day. When posting one on eternalobits, they’re easily and quickly accessible at any time of day.

Our obituaries are also capable of complete personalization and customization. Friends and family members can share memories, pictures, and even videos directly on the obituary for others to see and treasure as well! Say goodbye to the traditional announcements and say hello to our obituaries with a twist! You can learn more about our one-of-a-kind service here.

There is No Right or Wrong Way to Write an Obituary

We can’t stress this point enough! An obituary is meant to reflect the incredible life that was led by a loved one whose no longer with us. It can be any length, include any number of pictures (or none at all), and can be written to be humorous or extremely serious. The key to writing a good obituary is to make sure it does one thing: Honor your loved one, eternally.

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