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At a minimum, an obituary is a notice in the newspaper of a death and funeral arrangements. But it can be much more: a record of the extended family – both living and dead, a thank you to those who helped out, a request for memorial donations.
Read examples of obituaries in the local newspaper or online. Use these examples to write an obituary for Lennie Small using the voice of George. Voice in literature has two different meanings: 1. the style of an author including his or her attitude, personality and character that makes his or her writing unique; 2. the characteristic speech and thought patterns of a first-person narrator or persona.
The following headings are meant as a general guide for all obituaries. Make sure that you have considered everything that is usually covered, then select what you would like to include, and also decide what order you would like to use.
NAME / ANNOUNCEMENT
Full name of the deceased, including nickname, if any
Age at death
Residence (for example, the name of the city) at death
Day and date of death
Place of death
Cause of death
Date of birth
Place of birth
Names of parents
Childhood: siblings, stories, schools, friends
Marriage(s): date of, place, name of spouse
Education: school, college, university and other
Designations, awards, and other recognition
Employment: jobs, activities, stories, colleagues, satisfactions, promotions, union activities, frustrations, Places of residence
Hobbies, sports, interests, activities, and other enjoyment
Charitable, religious, fraternal, political, and other affiliations; positions held Achievements
Unusual attributes, humour, other stories
Survived by (and place of residence):
Children (in order of date of birth, and their spouses)