Going through the aftermath of the death of a loved one is one of life’s most difficult experiences to deal with. Aside from the emotional toll that such an experience takes, the event forces us to begin the process of arranging a funeral. This can be hectic and only add more stress to an already very stressful time. Thankfully, if you’ve already made arrangements with Reading, PA funeral homes, you can outsource the task of writing an obituary to that funeral home’s staff, thereby reducing your burden. Even better, most funeral homes will perform this service for free.
To get the obituary process started, all you will need to do is submit the following information to the funeral home of your choice.
- The name and date of birth of your deceased loved one.
- The announcement that this person has passed away and the date on which the death occurred.
- The things that may have been important in the life of this person. These things might include his or her career, hobbies, interests, the school he or she graduated from, and so on.
- The names of the people who survived the deceased.
- The names of the people who predeceased this person.
- The time and place of the upcoming funeral or memorial service. The obituary will have been published a few days before this occurs.
- Whether or not the deceased wanted mourners to make a charitable donation in his or her name. If so, make a list of the appropriate charities.
- Any additional things that you think might be proper to include. For example, if the family is requesting any financial assistance for the funeral, make it known.
Once you’ve submitted this information, the staff of your funeral home will refine it into a publishable obituary and submit it to the local newspapers. Obituaries can range in size from a few brief notes to a far more substantial biography. Take note, however, that some newspapers have limits on the length of the obituaries that they’ll find acceptable for publication. Your funeral director will be familiar with all of the local publications and inform you about this so that you can make the most of the information that you submit at the beginning of this process. If necessary, prioritize the information that you submit in terms of importance, to give the funeral home an easier time.
Before you and your family decide on contacting a funeral home to write an obituary, you should always speak with an experienced funeral director. Should you have any questions about the obituary writing process with Reading, PA funeral homes, please don’t hesitate to contact Kevin Bean of the Whelan Schwartz Funeral Home. With decades of experience in serving Pennsylvania families at this vulnerable time, he’ll answer whatever questions you have with empathy, caring, and professionalism. You can contact him by calling (610) 374-0962. The Whelan Schwartz Funeral Home can be found at 444 N 9th St. Reading, PA 19601.