Obituaries are traditionally short pieces of writing offering a summary of who the person is. Basic information, such as their name, age and date of death, are often used to announce their passing.
If you wish, obituaries can be longer pieces that act as a more detailed tribute. Notices can include a special poem, an obituary photo, reference of surviving family members, or a brief biography of the person’s life that recounts their achievements and significant lifetime events. People sometimes add information about where and when the funeral or memorial service will be held.
Depending on where the obituary is being published, the writer may need to consider the overall word limit of the piece as newspapers tend to charge by the word when included in print.