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The loss of a person is irreparable but you can always pen down an obituary to tell others how much he/she meant to you. However, at the last minute when you are already in grief, it is impossible to design an obituary and that’s when obituary templates come into the picture. It rescues you from composing a new one where you have to decide the text, align the margins and design the entire poster so it looks appealing and receivers pay attention to it.

The ready-made obituary templates are meant to save your time and value your emotions. Choose the ones that can convey your situation and invite the receiver to take part in your event.

General Obituary Template

To instantly arrange an invite for the obituary/funeral, you can use these formats.

Obituary Template

This is a sample format to understand how yours should look like. If you prefer to have a blank document so you can just fill the details and invite guests, the next document will be of real use to you.

Obituary Template

Want an even simpler one? Here you go! This simple funeral format just needs you to fill basic information.

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You can observe that these formats can make your announcement complete and can also be sent to others without hesitation.

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Funeral program obituary templates

Arranged a funeral program? Need to invite guests real fast? You should use our formats.

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While this is an easy one to fill and share, some would prefer to use well-designed ones so the receivers can treasure it forever.

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Don’t these look catchy and share your emotions to the receiver beautifully? However, before choosing the template of your choice, make sure to see if it is ready to print. Certain documents look different when they are actually printed.

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Fill in the blank obituary template for mother

Mother is the vital member of a family and the demise of a mother can not only be disheartening but irreplaceable too. You definitely need to tell others how much you value her with all other details about the cause of death and the program that follows her death to others.

Here are some designs that you can use for the most lovable ones on Earth.

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Obituary formats for father sample

Father is the pillar of strength and support to every family and the loss of a father can be tragic to anyone. Soon after the death of the father, you may have to take the responsibility to inform others about obituary and invite for funeral program. Some arrange memorial service yearly too in memory of father.

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There is also a PDF template for you to use.

Free Obituary template for child

Obituary for a child is something that you really can’t come out of. Losing a baby is so shattering but all that you can do is only send off the baby to heaven wholeheartedly.

You do not have to be formal when you create the poster for the child. It can be creative and colorful as children love colors and games.

Use these templates to create one for the baby:

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The loss of a child is usually intimated to very dear ones. It is a good idea to include the child’s photo to the design and recall how playful the baby was and how it affects you.

Understanding the art of obituaries

After having seen so many ready-made formats, let’s understand the idea of obituary formats better. So, if you ask if the formats are the same always, it is definitely not. Some prefer to send a personal invite about the loss and this is usually a closed circle including family members and family friends. When the circle is large and it is impossible to announce about the loss personally, others prefer to distribute posters or use newspapers to announce on the obituary column.

In the first case, you can customize the design and make it look attractive but in the latter case, you need to make it crisp but convey all the essential information. Some even go for a full-page obituary advertisement in order to pay tribute to the person. When you opt for a newspaper advertisement, you should keep the following points in mind:

  • Use minimum words possible while writing but cover the personal and professional background of the deceased. You must include the birth date and the death date of the deceased (along with age).
  • Inform the place in writing where the funeral is set to happen along with the date and time
  • You can also include a phone number so guests can reach you for directions or convey their grievances. Also, make sure you read the advertisement completely on finalizing.

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If you want to just get the format for writing a newspaper obituary, here you go.

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In the case of writing a full page post, you can detail about his birth, progress in life, the cause of death, grieving family and funeral details.

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The entire process has limited time and you need to wrap up by reaching out the contacts and gathering the essential information. This full page content is usually issued for personalities who are popular and their loss can matter much to the readers.

For example, the loss of Steve Jobs from Apple made the whole world grieving and the firm opted for full page news.

Memorial service program obituary templates

With obituaries, a memory service program for the deceased becomes mandatory. In this poster, you need to include the basic information about the lost person such as date of birth and date of death followed by the family details. You can also get creative and pen down poems that convey the mood to the readers.

Here are a few formats:


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In this format, you can notice that the information is crisp and details the plan for the day. It is good to design a schedule and then print out and circulate the invitation in the city.

Here is one sample of a schedule usually followed for an obituary service program for the deceased.

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This program schedule is commonly followed by the Catholic community. It begins with a choir and then a tribute/ prayer by important members who were closely associated with the person who passed away. It is also a good idea to include the list of foreign dignitaries at the end as this can honor them and stress other members to attend the program without fail.

The whole objective of this memorial program is to mourn together and to give a warm send off to the guy who passed away. This can be a good memory for everyone.

One year memorial formats sample

Many people have the habit of organizing a memorial program every year on the death anniversary to keep the memory fresh and remind everyone about the warm association they have had.

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If you have organized a program on the first year death anniversary of the deceased, include those details and welcome the guests. If you just wanted to remind others about one year of the demise of a special person, it is just enough to write a poem and include a picture of the person and this can allow to quickly relate to the situation.

Obituary thank you notes writing 

People spend their precious times to attend the obituary program and they deserve respect for the same. It is necessary to send a thank you note as a symbol of courtesy and gratitude. This exchange of note can cheer them up to be aside on their sad times.

Drafting thank you note can be time-consuming if you do not know its structure and the type of content to be present in it.

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You can keep it simple by saying a thank you on behalf of your family for the time spent and the emotions shared on the occasion. Alternatively, you can express your heartfelt thanks to those who have been close to the lost person during the long term illness by mentioning their names. This can directly convey the emotions and also make the receiver feel so special about it.

Thank you notes are always taken personally. So, spend some time to draft it correctly so it can be saved as a treasure forever.

how to write an obituary template

On the account of a person’s death, you need to have two documents – obituary program and thank you note.

An obituary program document sample should include a photo of the person, basic information about the person and the family, an order of service planned and obituary. In this document, you can also include any special message you wanted to convey about the person to others along with the service times.

The announcement of death has to be drafted carefully while writing an obituary. So, you should pay attention to three aspects – typography, alignment, and graphics. Choose a font that is neat and crisp, not stylish. Align it in such a way that the main points are highlighted. Ensure that the graphics are minimal.

The themes that are commonly used for designs are floral or classic or vintage. This is to have a traditional touch. Also, check for your community guidelines during the creation of obituary program.


Using a predefined document helps you to include the correct information and speed up the announcement process. Our printables can certainly enhance professionalism and transfer the mood to the receivers.

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