How to Personalize an Obituary

how to write an obituaryAt Markwell Funeral Homes, we comfort families during their time of need and assist them through every step of the funeral planning process. There are some aspects of the process that can seem daunting while grieving the loss of a loved one, particularly the obituary.

Here at Markwell Funeral Homes we write the obituary for your loved one, but there is certain information you can provide to help us personalize it.


Getting Started

The first thing you should do is take a look at some of the obituaries that are currently on our funeral home website to get an idea of the type of information that you should provide.

The basic information you will want to include is:

  1. Full name (including maiden names and any nicknames your loved one might be known by)
  2. Dates and locations of birth and death
  3. Cause of death
  4. Dates of marriage
  5. Names of surviving loved ones
  6. Schools attended
  7. Military service (if applicable)
  8. Career information
  9. Membership in organizations, clubs, community events
  10. Hobbies, special skills, and other interests

Once you have provided the basic information, we will have a good foundation for writing the rest of the obituary.

Making the Obituary Memorable

We want to personalize the obituary to capture the essence of your loved one’s memory. When providing us with details, include a memorable story or more intimate details that will help the deceased’s loved ones remember the person they lost. Perhaps there is a time where he/she made a difference in the community or they were involved in something that brought great joy to the lives of others. Share this information.

Were they passionate about traveling to faraway places? Did they find peace in taking long walks in nature? Think about when your loved one was happiest and what brought joy to their life. These details will help his or her loved ones during the grieving process.

Submitting the Obituary

If you are planning the funeral with Markwell & Son in Casey, Illinois, then we will take care of everything—we will submit it for you to the local newspaper and add it to our website.

If planning a service with another funeral home, be sure to check with them and your local newspaper on specific obituary requirements before you begin writing.

Contact Markwell & Son in Casey, Illinois

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one and need to begin the funeral planning process, contact us today. We are here to help and comfort you and your family through every step of the process. You can visit our website for more information on planning a funeral, and give us a call if you have any questions.