You should never write an obituary in the first person, substitute “I will miss them” with “they will be missed”. Once the obituary is published you will not be credited as the source of the story, so it is quite jarring for a reader to see personal quotes like this.
Know Your Limits
Before you sit down to write be very certain of the word count you will need, and the space in which the obituary will be appearing. Many newspapers have a limited word count for obituaries, and if you submit work that is too long they will simply leave out sections – and may omit something you really want to publish.
When someone dies those who once knew them would often like to know. When you’re writing the obituary it is often helpful to include references to their schools, colleges, previous employers etc. Previous classmates and co-workers will be able to find the obituary much more easily if these details are included.
Writing about a person’s interests and hobbies is a great way to add some colour to an obituary. The deceased more than likely had a few hobbies or interests, and it is nice to share them to give a glimpse at who they really were and what they really enjoyed doing.
Tie It Up Nicely
To finish off your obituary it is often a good idea to close it up with something profound. A few ways in which you can do this is to end it with a famous quote or phrase, perhaps a verse from their favourite poem, or you can also thank an organisation that may have been instrumental in the deceased’s life.