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How to Write an Obituary for a Child

Writing an obituary for anyone is difficult but can be even more so for those writing an obituary for a child. Should you write an obituary for a child? What kind of information do you include? Where should you post it? Here are some things to consider when writing an obituary for a child and the type of information you should focus on including.

What is an obituary?

An obituary is a brief, but important, piece of writing that tells the story of a person's life after they have died. It is typically one to two paragraphs long and includes information such as the person's full name, date of birth and death, place of birth and death, occupation, marital status, and surviving family members. Historically, obituaries were used to notify the community of a death. In recent times, obituaries have grown to share personality traits, character traits, favorite passions or hobbies, and much more.

Do I need to write an obituary?

Writing an obituary is entirely optional and up to you and your family's preferences. Obituaries can be written at any time and do not have to be written as soon as a death has occurred. If you publish an obituary online through Ever Loved, you also have the option to write, re-write, or edit the obituary at any time.

How much do obituaries cost?

Obituaries posted on Ever Loved are entirely free. If you choose to publish an obituary in the newspaper, you should typically expect to spend about $200 for a brief 4-5 sentence obituary.

How to write an obituary for a child

Writing an obituary for a child often involves slightly different information than an obituary for an adult would include. Typically, an obituary includes the following information:

  • Date of birth
  • Date of death
  • Career information
  • Information on hobbies and passions
  • Family information (including info on the decedent's predeceased family and surviving family members)
  • Any military information
  • Any relevant awards, honors, or other life accomplishments

Due to the age of a child, you won't be able to include most of this information in the obituary. This doesn't mean you don't have the ability to write an excellent and loving obituary that describes their life; it just will contain different information than a standard obituary for an adult. Depending on the age of the child you're writing the obituary for, here are some main pieces of information you'll want to include:

  • Date of birth
  • Date of death
  • Favorite hobbies, passions, or interests
  • The kind of character they had or personality traits
  • Their favorite places to go, favorite things to do, favorite things to eat, favorite phrases
  • Information on books, movies, characters, or heroes they admired
  • Information on their family and at-home life
  • Family information (such as predeceased family members and surviving family members) Focusing on this kind of information will give you enough to write a full obituary for a child. This is also a great opportunity to share details and specifics on what made them unique, which is something all great obituaries do.

Sample obituary for a daughter

Sara Brown passed away on March 12th, 2021 after a car accident in Colorado City, CO. Sara was born to parents Clayton and Saana Brown on January 3rd, 2012. She was known to all her friends, family, and teachers as an outgoing, bubbly, and energetic girl. Her favorite activity was swimming and she had dreams of being an Olympic swimmer later in life. Sara was part of her local community center's swimming club and loved being in the water.

Sara was intelligent, funny, and kind to anyone she came into contact with. She was an excellent student, excellent swimmer, and wonderful friend to a small group at school. When she wasn't swimming, Sara could be found baking alongside her father or camping in the backyard with her siblings.

Sara is survived by her loving parents, Clayton and Saana, her brother, Kelly, and her sister, Marina. Sara is predeceased by her grandmother, Lauren and her aunt, Michelle. A celebration of life will be held on March 21st at 10:00 AM at Breyerton's Community Center in Sara's honor. Please join our family in remembering her bright and beautiful life.

Sample obituary for a son

Atticus Batiste passed away peacefully on July 10th, 2021 after a short battle with meningitis. Atticus was born on December 19th, 2016 to parents Martin and Amelia, their first and only child. Atticus was curious, joyful, and loved getting into mischief, especially when Martin and Amelia were least expecting it! His favorite things to eat were Cheerios, his favorite show was Paw Patrol, and his favorite thing to do was play hide and seek with the family dog, Charlie. Charlie watched over Atticus from a very young age and the two were inseparable. Atticus was a bright spark and was destined to be a huge personality, even though his time on earth was cut tragically short.

Atticus is survived by his parents, Martin and Amelia, and his grandparents, Casey and Henry. A private service will be held for the family on July 19th. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local children's hospital as they provide vital work and support.

If you're looking for another sample obituary for a child (or a different sample obituary), be sure to read through these obituary templates. For recent child obituaries, read this article with real examples from obituaries that have been posted on Ever Loved.

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Last updated June 23, 2022
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