How To Write A Funeral Notice

Writing a funeral notice is never easy—but it helps to understand the process. These announcements are crucial for informing family, friends, and associates about your loved one’s funeral arrangements.

In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps involved in writing a funeral notice as well as some advice, making the process a little easier for you.

What Is A Funeral Notice?

A funeral notice is a brief message intended to inform family and friends—especially those who are distant or live overseas—about a loved one’s passing and upcoming funeral arrangements.

In the past, you’d post these messages in the local newspaper. Today, we’re more likely to post-funeral notices on social media or elsewhere in online resources. This approach makes it easier for distant family members and friends to view and share the message.

In a funeral notice, you’ll normally:

  • Announce your loved one’s passing
  • Share details about the funeral
  • Include a short obituary, personal message, or photograph

Where Can I Post A Funeral Notice?

As discussed, you can either post a funeral message in a local Gold Coast newspaper, online, or both.

If you choose to post your message in the newspaper, it will cost money, similar to classified advertising. Typically, you can choose from a few standard placements and sizes.

Some newspapers will charge for each word, while others will charge for each line. It might cost extra to post a notice on certain days of the week.

You can also post your notice on a dedicated website. Funeral notice websites often allow users to include an obituary, photographs, personal reflections or memories, and links to charities.

In addition to this, you can post the notice on your personal social media page to share with family and friends.

This is one of the most common ways to share funeral notices today—although it’s important to check your privacy settings if you wish to keep the information confidential.

How Should I Write A Funeral Notice?

The way you write your funeral notice will depend on where you post it—but there are a few general rules to follow.

It’s common to include information such as:

  • Your loved one’s name, date of birth, location, and age at death
  • Your loved one’s family members and relationship with them
  • The funeral location, date, and time
  • Whether the funeral is private or public

Here’s an example of a funeral notice to help you craft your message:

SMITH, Anne of Brisbane passed away peacefully on the 5th of August, 2021, aged 85 years.

Much loved mother and mother-in-law of James and Alison; George and Susan. Adored grandmother to Jackson and Rachael.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Anne’s funeral service at the (name of the church, crematorium, chapel, or cemetery) on (day, date).

Help With Funeral Planning

Writing a funeral notice is crucial for informing family members, friends, and associates about a loved one’s passing and their funeral arrangements. It’s never easy to create these messages—but following the steps above will help.

If you need help writing a funeral notice or arranging a funeral service on the Gold Coast, our dedicated and professional funeral directors can assist you, so contact us online to discuss your needs with us.

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