A funeral notice is a letter announcing the demise of a family member, friend or a colleague. This notice is also a part of the death notice where information about the demise of the individual is provided to individuals close to the departed and in some cases is also published in the media. It is also a form of paying tribute to the departed individual with their deserved respect and formality.
While funeral notices can be published in popular news media channels, some people go a step further and personalize the notice they decide to send out. The personalization takes place in the form of cards and other letters which are drafted and sent to certain people with an intention to invite them to pay their last respects to the deceased.
Funerals are not supposed to be joyous events and are rather solemn but many people are known to make arrangements to provide refreshments and in many cases even lunch to the guests that arrive to finally respect the individual.
As mentioned earlier a funeral notice simply needs to provide information about the deceased along with the time, date and the place where the funeral will be held. Considering the solemnity of the occasion, it is essential that the notice should be formal providing precise information of what is expected from the guests during this formality. However, the following information needs to be incorporated in the notice without exceptions to avoid confusions of any kind.
Funeral notices can be drafted by members of the family, employer’s, friends, and any individuals who were closely associated with the departed member. As long as the information provided is accurate and does not confuse the recipients the notice can be considered as appropriate.
Key Features Of A Funeral Notice
- The name and full details of the people drafting and sending out the funeral notice.
- The name of the departed individual along with details of their family members if available.
- Full details of the educational qualifications and professional information of the deceased.
- The day, date, time, and place where the services will be held.
- Information about any other formalities which have been arranged for.
Example of Funeral Notice 1
Name: [Name of the Sender, Address, Telephone Number],
Relationship: [Relationship of The Sender With The Deceased]
To: Dear [Name of the Recipient, Address]
Subject: Funeral Notice Of [Name of the Deceased]
This letter is to provide you information that Mr./Mrs./Ms. [name of the deceased] passed away unexpectedly on [date] after a long battle with illness. He/she is survived by [names or relationships of the surviving members of the deceased].
[Name of the deceased] was an active member of our community and participated in some events held for the benefit of numerous causes. He/she was born on [date] in [city & state] and will certainly be missed by surviving members of the family as well as the entire community.
The funeral services of [name of the deceased] are being held at [place of the funeral] and will be officiated by [name of the Rev.]. The burial will be held at [name of the site].
You are invited to pay your last respects to the deceased at the site of the funeral on [date] at [time]. Arrangements have also been made for the celebration of life after the funeral.
You are requested to provide information about your availability to attend the funeral or intimate us of your inability to be present by contacting me at the telephone number provided above.
[signature of the sender],
[name of the sender and relationship with the deceased]
Example of Funeral Notice 2
The [Name of the Institution] announces the demise of [name of the deceased] a retired staff member of our organization with great sorrow. [Name of the deceased] was a member of several communities and remained active even after retirement from our organization. He/she will be sorely missed by all members of our organization as well as the communities where he/she was an active member.
To pay our final respects, we have made arrangements for a funeral service to be held on [date] at [time]. The funeral service will be held in the [name of the church], and the burial is scheduled for [day, date & time].
You may attend the funeral service which has been arranged to pay your final respects to the departed soul. You may forward your condolences to the family of [name of the deceased & address].
Funeral notices are similar to death notices, and the only difference people will notice in these announcements will be regarding the date, time, place of the funeral service and an invitation to attend the occasion for paying final respects to the departed soul. Therefore people who need to send out funeral notices can also make use of death notices by making minor modifications and providing information about the arrangements they have made for the funeral service.