There are some things that professionals at funeral homes recommend families do when a loved one passes on. One of the standards is to write up an obituary and publish it on a funeral home website as well as in the newspapers. That is a long-standing tradition, but is it still necessary? Whether or not you move forward with such a tradition is completely up to you, here are a few reasons why people have continued the traditional process.
Notify People About The Funeral
The obituary will go through the details of your family members life, as it is a popular choice that is chosen by many. This allows people to learn more about the individual if they haven’t met him/her before. Even if you are having something small that isn’t open to the public, anyone in the community who might want to send a card, flowers, or a monetary gift will know where the funeral is taking place and when, so they are able to do so.
Let People Know The Loved One Died
One of the biggest reasons to write up an obituary, is simply to let people know that your loved one has passed on. You will distribute the news around your family and friend group yourself, but there are certain people in your loved one’s life that you either don’t know, or that you don’t know how to contact. Placing the obituary can help you to reach more people who care without missing anyone important.
Honor The Deceased
An obituary is just one of the things in a list of options that you could do to honor your loved one. You want this article to revolve around them, and what they meant to your family. The obituary can honor them as a final tribute in a very nice way. You might cut the article out and keep it in a scrapbook to remember them as well.
Gather Emotional Support
While your family and your friends will already know about your loss, again, not everyone will have that information without the obituary. When you publish the information, the community will know that you’re grieving and will likely reach out to you.
Remember The Loved One In The Future
The obituary is something tangible that you can hold onto, even into the future. You can have loved ones collect newspapers, so that the article will live on for your future generations to reminisce on.
If you need more details on writing up an obituary, funeral homes can help with advice on that process and on any other area where you need extra support. Contact Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home any time.