Obituary Template Checklist

Obituaries come in all shapes and sizes: long, short, elegant, etc. has compiled an obituary template designed to be a guide and checklist to help you gather information about the deceased.

Select only what you would like to include in the obituary.


  • Name of the deceased, including nickname
  • Age at death
  • Place of residence at time of death
  • Day and date of death (remember to include the year)
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death

Life Events

  • Birthdate
  • Birthplace
  • Names of parents
  • Siblings, childhood stories, education, etc.
  • Name of spouse
  • Education
  • Awards, and other recognitions
  • Jobs and achievements
  • Military service
  • Places of residence
  • Hobbies, activities and other enjoyment
  • Charitable, religious, fraternal, political, and other affiliations; positions held
  • Achievements

Family Information

  • Survived by (and place of residence):
    • Spouse
    • Children (in order of date of birth, and their spouses)
    • Grandchildren
    • Parents
    • Grandparents
    • Siblings (in order of date of birth)
    • Nephews, nieces, etc.
    • Friends
    • Pets (if appropriate)
  • Predeceased by (and date of death):
    • Spouse
    • Children (in order of date of birth)
    • Grandchildren
    • Siblings (in order of date of birth)
    • Others, such as nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws
    • Pets (if appropriate)

Date of Services

  • Day, date, time, place
  • Name of officiant, pallbearers and other information
  • Visiting hours  (if applicable: day, date, time, place)
  • Reception location (if applicable: day, date, time, place)
  • Other memorial, vigil, or graveside services if applicable: day, date, time, place
  • Place of interment
  • Funeral home in charge of arrangements
  • Where to call for more information (even if no service planned)


  • Memorial funds established
  • Memorial donation suggestions, including addresses
  • Thank you to people who provided support
  • Quotation or poem 
  • Three words that sum up the life