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Top Free Obituary Templates

Writing an obituary can be hard, but you don’t need to go without help. That’s why we’ve put together a collection of free obituary templates, obituary examples and obituary samples to help you write an amazing obituary for your loved one. Each one is an easy-to-follow, fill-in-the-blank obituary template that you can customize for your needs.

If you’re considering publishing an obituary, remember that first and foremost it is a declaration of loss, an acknowledgement of grief, and an expression of joy all-in-one. It celebrates the life of a loved one in a way that few other ways can. So don’t hesitate to work beyond the obituary templates provided by inserting a few anecdotes, memories, and even inside jokes that your community might appreciate. Remember: this is an opportunity to commemorate a loved one in your own special way. If they loved music, why not list a few of their favorite songs? Of course it’s all up to you.

Publish a free online obituary

Historically, this communication of a death would happen via newspaper, where a family member would pay a newspaper several hundred dollars to publish a newspaper obituary.

However, you can now write and publish an obituary online for free on Ever Loved. So once you’ve chosen an obituary template that you like, you can easily write the obituary and post it in minutes for friends and family to view.

Here are a few free obituary templates to help you get started writing an obituary. If you'd like to learn more about writing an obituary, we've explained how to write an obituary in detail as well. We hope these fill-in-the-blank obituary writing templates will provide you with the tools you need to honor a loved one while also following traditional practices.



Short obituary

A short obituary should include the important dates in someone’s life and basic information on the predeceased and surviving members of the family. Short obituaries are generally done when someone wishes to add to the public record that someone has passed away, or are written for those that decided to keep private lives.

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Short obituary template

[Full name], [age], of [place of residence], passed away on [date of death] from [cause of death].

[First name] was predeceased by [list of family member who have passed away]. [She/He] is survived by [list of family members who are still alive].

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Short obituary example

Janet Rose McArthur, 82, of Cleveland, Ohio, passed away on December 18th from emphysema.

Janet was predeceased by her parents, James and Martha, and her husband, Tom. She is survived by her two sisters, Amanda and Shirley, her four children, Craig, Jill, Maggie and Benjamin, and her nine grandchildren.

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Standard obituary

A standard obituary is a way to give an overview and story of someone’s life after they’ve passed away. Standard obituaries usually include all of the standard details of someone’s life (date of birth, death, those they’re survived by, etc.) but it also gives an overview of what they’ve accomplished and were passionate about in their life. People will often write about how they affected communities around them or other people that were close to them, how their families came to be, what was important to them in their free time, etc. If you’re looking for a more in depth overview of what to include in an obituary, please reference our article on How to Write an Obituary.

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Standard obituary template

[Full name], [age], of [place of residence], passed away on [date of death] after a [descriptor] battle with [cause of death].

[First name] was born on [date and year of birth] to [parents] in [city of birth]. After graduating from [name of high school] in [high school graduation year], [he/she] went on to study [college major] at [college name].

After graduation, [he/she] landed [his/her] first job as a [job title] for [company], kicking off a [career length] career in [field].

In [year they met], [he/she] met [spouse name], and they wed in [marriage year], going on to have [number of children] children, [list of children’s names].

After retiring in [retirement year], [first name] spent [his/her] time [list of favorite activities].

[First name] was predeceased by [list of family member who have passed away]. [She/He] is survived by [list of family members who are still alive].

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Standard obituary example

Louis Park, 75, of Los Angeles, CA, passed away on March 31st after a valiant battle with stomach cancer.

Louis was born on January 27th, 1943 to David and Esther Park in San Francisco, CA. After graduating from Galileo High School in 1961, he went on to study English literature at University of California Irvine.

After graduation, he landed his first job as a writer for the Los Angeles Daily News, kicking off a 35-year career in journalism.

In 1968, he met Jane (McAllister) Lee, and they wed in 1970, going on to have three children, Megan, Harold and Chris.

After retiring in 1998, Louis spent his time volunteering at the Los Angeles Historical Society, gardening, rooting for LA Dodgers, and spoiling his 8 grandchildren as much as possible.

Louis is predeceased by his parents and his brother, James. He is survived by his wife, Jane Lee; his sister, Sophia (Arnold) Cho; his three children, Megan (Thomas) Jackson, Harold Lee and Chris (Amanda) Lee; and his eight grandchildren, David, Jack, Liz, Eric, Daniel, Hannah, Gace and Kari.

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Obituary for a private person

Obituary for a private person template

[Full name], [age], of [place of residence], passed away on [date of death] from [cause of death].

[First name] was predeceased by [list of family members who have passed away]. [She/He] is survived by [list of family members who are still alive]. [First name] was a private person who [did not wish to have services / wanted private services].

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Obituary for a private person example

Sarah Jane Thomas, 63, of Memphis, Tennessee, passed away on November 12th from lung cancer.

Sarah was predeceased by her father, James, and her aunt, Kathy. She is survived by her two daughter, Cheryl and Miranda, and her three grandchildren, Kate, Michael, and Tommy. Sarah was an extremely private person all throughout her life. There will be no services held, at Sarah’s request.

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Nature enthusiast obituary

Nature enthusiast obituary template

[First name], [age], of [location], passed away on [date] after a [cause of death]. [She/he] was surrounded by [her/his] friends and loved ones at the time of [her/his] passing.

[First name] was predeceased by [list of family members predeceased by]. [She/he] is survived by [list of surviving family members]. [First name] was an avid outdoors[woman/man] who spent much of [her/his] time in nature. [Her/his] favorite areas included [list of favorite outdoor areas]. [First name] spent much of [her/his] free time preserving [her/his] favorite nature spots.

The family asks that donations be made in memory of [first name] to [favorite nature organization or charity].

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Nature enthusiast obituary example

Seohyun Park, 83, of San Ramon, CA, passed away on January 12th after a long fight with breast cancer. She was surrounded by her friends and loved ones at the time of her passing.

Seohyun was predeceased by her parents, Eunyoung and Byung-ho Park. She is survived by her wife, Marissa, her brother Jinho, and her younger sister Youngmi. Seohyun was an avid outdoorswoman who spent much of her time in nature. She was the co-founder of San Ramon’s Preservation Society as well as San Ramon’s Nature Walks. Her favorite areas included local San Ramon parks as well as Mt. Diablo, Devil’s Peak, and the Redwoods. Seohyun spent over 20 years as a Park Guide at Mt. Diablo and much of her free time preserving her favorite nature spots.

The family asks that donations be made in memory of Seohyun to San Ramon’s Preservation Society, an organization Seohyun helped run and was immensely proud of.

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Artist obituary

Artist obituary template

[Full name], [age], of [location] passed away [unexpectedly] on [date] after a [cause of death]. [He/she] was surrounded by [his/her] family and loved ones.

[First name] was predeceased by [his/her] [list of family members predeceased]. [She/he] is survived by [list of surviving family members]. After [Name] attended [high school], [he/she] went on to study at [name of college], earning a degree in [degree type] in [year]. [Name] was an avid artist and lover of all things [favorite things]. [His/her] favorite medium was [type of medium / favorite style of art]. [First name] participated in [any relevant artistic events].

The family asks that donations be made to [name of program] in memory of [full name].

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Artist obituary example

Davon Thomas, 29, of Toledo, OH passed away unexpectedly on March 15th after a hit and run accident. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones.

Davon was predeceased by his grandfather, Otis Thomas. He is survived by his parents, Michael & Keisha Thomas, his sister Keira, and his longtime girlfriend, Monique Sharp. After Davon attended Toledo High, he went on to study at the Rhode Island School of Design, earning a BFA in Sculpture and graduating summa cum laude in 2013. Davon was an avid artist and lover of all things expressionist. His favorite medium was sculpting, but he had a soft spot for charcoal and paints. Many of Davon's pieces were made for charitable events and local businesses in his hometown, Toledo. Davon participated in local art fairs and programs, and volunteered at Toledo High, teaching underserved children how to express themselves through art.

The family asks that donations be made to Toledo High’s Art Programs in memory of Davon Thomas. Please feel free to join the family in unveiling Max’s latest and last piece of artwork on March 23rd at Mayberry Park, where his sculpture will remain.

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Obituary for an activist

Obituary for an activist template

[First name], [age], of [location], passed away on [date] after a [cause of death]. [She/he] was surrounded by [her/his] friends and loved ones at the time of [her/his] passing.

[First name] was predeceased by [list of family members predeceased by]. [She/he] is survived by [list of surviving family members]. [First name] was always passionate about [type of activism] and activism in general. [He/she] was a part of [list of activist organizations]. As an active member of [his/her] community, [First name] fervently fought for the rights of [name of activism] in [his/her] local. [He/she] dedicated much of [his/her] free time to [name of activism] and [other hobby/passion].

Services will be announced once the family has determined a date. We ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of [first name] to [local organization/nonprofit they supported].

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Obituary for an activist example

Ramon Gutiérrez, 53, of San Jose, CA, passed away on September 12th after an unexpected accident.

Ramon was predeceased by his parents, Leon and Marta. He is survived by his long time partner, Catherine and his sister Flora. Ramon was always passionate about social justice and activism. He was a board member on several local organizations, including San Jose’s Food Bank and San Jose’s Social Justice Community Board. As an active member of his community, Ramon fervently fought for the rights of the underserved and overlooked in his local community. He dedicated much of his free time to social welfare and preserving the arts in the San Jose area.

Services will be announced once the family has determined a date. We ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Ramon to San Jose Food Bank.

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Pet Obituary Template 1

Pet Obituary Template 1 template

My favorite fluffy [boy/girl] [Name] passed away peacefully in [his/her] sleep on [date]. On [date of adoption or purchase], I was blessed with meeting one of the best companions a [girl/boy/person] could ask for. I visited [name of adoption center or place of purchase] and was able to meet [Name]. [He/she] was [quiet/rowdy/crazy/hilarious/excited/nervous]. Over the next [# of years], [Name] taught me the meaning of [friendship/love/joy/companionship/family].

[Name] was a [loving/joyful/lazy/hilarious] [dog/cat/type of animal] who loved nothing more than to [favorite activity].

Thank you for being such a loving friend and I hope you’re resting in peace. You’re always in my heart, [Name].

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Pet Obituary Template 1 example

My favorite girl Xena passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 3rd, 2019. On October 15th, 2001, I was lucky to meet one of the best companions a girl could ask for. I visited our local Humane Society and was able to meet Xena. She was instantly crazy, hilarious and calm all at the same time. Over the next 18 years, Xena taught me the meaning of endless love, joy, and an enduring passion.

Xena was a hilarious cat who loved nothing more than to swat at neighbors and claim her territory.

Thank you for being such a loving and hilarious friend and I hope you’re resting in peace. You’re always in my heart, Xena.

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Pet Obituary Template 2

Pet Obituary Template 2 template

Our favorite fluffy [boy/girl] [Name] passed away peacefully in [his/her] sleep on [date]. On [date of adoption or purchase], we were blessed with meeting one of the best companions a family could ask for. We visited [name of adoption center or place of purchase] and were able to meet [Name]. [He/she] was [quiet/rowdy/crazy/hilarious/excited/nervous]. Over the next [# of years], [Name] taught us the meaning of [friendship/love/joy/companionship/family].

[Name] was a [loving/joyful/lazy/hilarious] [dog/cat/type of animal] who loved nothing more than to [favorite activity].

Thank you for being such a loving friend and we hope you’re resting in peace. You’re always in our hearts, [Name].

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Pet Obituary Template 2 example

Our favorite fluffy boy Sammy passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 2nd, 2019.On January 24th, 2002, we were blessed with meeting one of the best companions a family could ask for. We visited our local ASPCA and were able to meet Sammy, who was the last dog on the block. He was quiet, reserved, and patiently waited for us to approach before lifting himself off the bed. We took him outside for a play date and fell in love immediately, adopting him on the spot. Over the next 8 years, Sammy taught us the meaning of friendship and love.

Sammy was a loving, joyful, and endlessly lazy older dog who loved nothing more than to sleep alongside our son, Chase, as he watched his shows. Sammy wasn’t very good at tricks and had a hard time hearing his name when called, but what he lacked in typical dog attributes, he made up for in his constant companionship.

Thank you for being such a loving friend and we hope you’re resting in peace. You’re always in our hearts, Sammy.

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Military obituary

Military obituaries are themed around celebrating the military successes and achievements of a Veteran. Generally, the obituary should include all of the details that a regular obituary has (date of death, accomplishments, family information, career information, etc.) but should also have a focus on their work and time in the military. Often times family members will mention any relevant military honors, whether or not a veteran was wounded, fellow veterans that were important, notable battle or war participations, and other military achievements in a military obituary.

Military obituary template

[Rank] [name], [age] passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family at [his/her] [location] home on [date]. [Name] was a decorated veteran who served in the [war] and spent another [number] years in [the reserves/active duty].

[Name] was born on [birth date] in [location] to his parents [parent’s names]. When [he/she] was just [age], [name] decided [he/she] wanted to join the [military branch] and was stationed at [base name] in [location]. [Name] would go on to serve in the [war / battle] with some of [his/her] closest friends [name of friends]. 

After serving in [battle/location/war], [name] spent time abroad in [location]. During his time in [location], [he/she] met and fell for [name], who [he/she] soon married in [year]. [Name] and [name] chose to settle in the town of [location].

After moving to [location], [name] started working at [employer]. [He/she] worked at [employer] for [number] years.

When [he/she] wasn’t working, [name] had a passion for [hobby] and [hobby]. 

[First name] was predeceased by [list of family member who have passed away]. [She/He] is survived by [list of family members who are still alive].

The family requests that flowers be sent to [location]. There will be a funeral service held at [time, date] at [location].

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Military obituary example

Sergeant Michael Abrams, 73, passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family at his Seaport, MO home on February 17th, 2019. Michael was a decorated veteran who served in the Vietnam war and spent another 15 years in the reserves after active duty.

Sgt. Abrams was born on October 12th, 1946 in San Diego, CA to his parents Michael & Sarah Abrams. When he was just 18, Michael decided he wanted to join the Army and was stationed at Fort Irwin Army Base in Barstow, CA. Michael would go on to serve in the Vietnam War with some of his closest friends James McAvey and Jackson Currey. 

After serving in Vietnam, Sgt. Abrams spent time abroad in Germany and France, two countries that became very close to his heart. During his time in France, he met and fell for Sophie Martin, who he soon married in 1978. Sophie and Michael returned to America in 1980, where they chose to settle in Michael’s hometown of San Diego, CA.

After returning to San Diego, Michael started his own engineering consulting firm, Abrams & Sons. Michael taught John and Alex everything he learned while serving abroad and together they built one of the best engineering firms in all of Southern California. When he wasn’t working, Michael had a passion for fly fishing and hiking. He loved being outdoors and was a board member of the National Hiking Association.

Sgt. Abrams was an accomplished engineer, a loving father, and a brave and honorable soldier. He is survived by his wife, Sophie, and his two sons John and Alex who carry on his legacy by taking over his engineering firm. Michael is preceded in death by his parents, Michael & Sarah Abrams and his sister Louise. 

There will be a private service held at All Saints Chapel on February 21st at 3 PM. The Abrams family welcomes any and all stories, photos, and memories that Michael’s friends and colleagues would like to offer. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Abrams home in San Diego on February 22nd at 12pm, please contact Sophie for details. Flowers are welcome at All Saints Chapel, 5123 Main Street, San Diego, CA.

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Christian obituary

Christian obituary templates are focused around the relevant Christian aspects of one’s life. Often times they’ll include favorite passages, a description of the loved one’s involvement in the church, or other notable religious achievements. If a loved one was part of and passionate about a local Christian community other than a church, including that in the Christian obituary is a recommended.

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Christian obituary template

[Full name] went home to Jesus on [date of death] at age [age].

[First name] was born to [parents’ names] on [date of birth] in [place of birth]. As a child, [description of childhood activities].

[First name] met [her/his] [husband/wife], [spouse name] in [year they met] at [place they met]. They married [when married] and went on to have [number of children] children, [list of children’s names]. [Any major moves]

In addition to being a dedicated and loving mother, [first name] also loved [favorite activities]. Throughout [her/his] entire life, [he/she] held an unwavering faith in God, which [he/she] shared with those who surrounded [him/her].

Debbie joins [list of family members who have already passed] in Heaven. [She/He] is survived by [list of family members who are still alive].

[Psalm]

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Christian obituary example

Deborah “Debbie” Anne Sanders went home to Jesus on July 7, 2018 at age 72.

Debbie was born to Adam and Mary Cohen on January 2, 1946 in Port Wing, Wisconsin. As a child, she excelled in school and ran track on her school’s varsity team.

Debbie met her husband, Keith Sanders in 1963 at a church dance. They married two years later on June 23, 1965 and went on to have five children, Anne, Christina, Max, Jane and Tommy. In 1972, they moved their family to Madison, Wisconsin.

In addition to being a dedicated and loving mother, Debbie also loved working in her garden, staying actively involved in the PTA, and holding various volunteer roles at High Point Church. Throughout her entire life, she held an unwavering faith in God, which she shared with those who surrounded her.

Debbie joins her parents, Adam and Mary, and her brother, David, in Heaven. She is survived by her husband, Keith, her sisters, Theresa and Catherine, her children, Anne (Jack), Christina, Max (Amanda), Jane (Bill) and Tommy (Amber), and her grandchildren, Suzie, Max Jr. and Michael.

Psalm 91:11

“For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.”

Exodus 23:20

“See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.”

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Jewish obituary

While Jewish funerals are generally much different than Christian funerals, a Jewish obituary remains relatively standard. A Jewish obituary is similar to a standard obituary with the exception that it includes any notable religious achievements. A Jewish obituary should also include information on when Shiva, the 3 (or 7) day mourning period will be held.

Jewish obituary template

[Full name], [age], of [place of residence], passed away on [date of death] after a [descriptor] battle with [cause of death].

[First name] was born on [date and year of birth] to [parents] in [city of birth]. After graduating from [name of high school] in [high school graduation year], [he/she] went on to study [college major] at [college name].

After graduation, [he/she] landed [his/her] first job as a [job title] for [company], kicking off a [career length] career in [field].

In [year they met], [he/she] met [spouse name], and they wed in [marriage year], going on to have [number of children] children, [list of children’s names].

After retiring in [retirement year], [first name] spent [his/her] time [list of favorite activities].

[First name] was predeceased by [list of family member who have passed away]. [She/He] is survived by [list of family members who are still alive].

The family requests that flowers be sent to [location]. There will be a funeral service held at [time, date] at [location]. Shiva will be held at [time, date, location].

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Jewish obituary example

Sam Hardt, 72, of New Orleans, LA, passed away on January 7th after a long battle with Parkinson’s.

Sam was born on January 27th, 1947 to Jonah and Emily Hardt in Baton Rouge, LA. After graduating from Baton Rouge High School in 1964, he went on to study Architecture at Louisiana State University. He graduated in 1968 with honors and was almost immediately accepted into numerous internships.

After graduation, he started his first job as an Architecture Assistant for a New York Firm, which kickstarted a 20-year career in architecture and city planning.

In 1980, he met Emily Shepherd, who would later become his wife and lifelong partner. Emily and Sam went on to have two children, Samuel and Sarah.

After Sam retired in 2000, he spent much of his time pursuing his favorite hobbies which included woodworking and fishing. Sam spent many summers at his summer home in upstate New York, where he’d teach his children to fish and camp.

Sam is predeceased by his parents, Martha and Earl. He is survived by his wife, Emily; his sister, Farrah, and his children Samuel & Sarah. The funeral service will be held at Touro Synagogue at 1PM, January 11th. Shiva will be held at the Hardt home, starting at 3PM on January 12th.

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Mother obituary

An obituary for a mother is generally a standard obituary with a focus on the accomplishments of motherhood. Information on the successes of raising a family, creating a home, dedication as a mother, and other notable personal accomplishments are great things to include.

Mother obituary template

[Full name], [age], of [place of residence], passed away on [date of death] after a [descriptor] battle with [cause of death].

[First name] was born on [date and year of birth] to [parents] in [city of birth]. After graduating from [name of high school] in [high school graduation year], [he/she] went on to study [college major] at [college name].

After graduation, [he/she] landed [his/her] first job as a [job title] for [company] for [years]. 

In [year they met], [he/she] met [spouse name], and they wed in [marriage year], going on to have [number of children] children, [list of children’s names].

When [name] had [first child], she decided to dedicate her life to being a fantastic and wonderful mother. [Name] excelled at propping up [members of her family] and supporting them through the many passions and difficulties of their lives. Whether that was [supporting spouse/child] through [difficulty] or [supporting spouse/child] through [passion], she made it her mission to improve the lives of others.

[Name] was a passionate [name of personal hobby or craft] and when she wasn’t filling her home with warmth and kindness, she could be found in her [location] practicing [hobby]. We will miss her greatly.

[First name] was predeceased by [list of family member who have passed away]. [She/He] is survived by [list of family members who are still alive].

The family requests that all flowers and notes are sent to [location]. There will be a [funeral service/memorial/celebration of life] at [date & time] at [location].

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Jenna Rhoades, 51, of Charleston, SC passed away surrounded by loved ones on January 15th, 2019 after a 5 year battle with breast cancer.

Jenna was born on September 15th, 1967 to Sean and Sarah Rhoades in Colorado City, CO. After graduating from Colorado High in 1985, she went on to study business management at the University of South Carolina.

After graduation, Jenna landed her first job as an Operations Associate for VXT Global and worked her way up the ladder for 5 years until she met the love of her life.

In 1994, Jenna met Thomas Hamlin at a business convention in Jacksonville, FL. They immediately hit it off and married only 2 years later in 1996. Thomas moved to South Carolina and the two had their first child, Stephanie in 1997. Their second child, Michael was born in 1999 and their third child Andrew was born in 2002.

When Jenna had Stephanie, she decided to dedicate her life to being a fantastic and wonderful mother. Jenna excelled at supporting Stephanie in band, Michael in football, and inspiring Andrew to pursue a career in business. Stephanie supported her family through the many passions and difficulties of their lives. Whether that was supporting Thomas in his career change or helping Andrew get through his difficult AP classes, she made it her mission to improve the lives of others.

Jenna was passionate about gardening and when she wasn’t filling her home with warmth and kindness, she could be found taking care of her homegrown vegetables and herbs. We will miss her greatly.

Jenna was predeceased by her father and her mother. She is survived by her husband Thomas and her three children Stephanie, Michael, and Andrew.

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Father obituary

Similar to an obituary for a mother, an obituary focused around fatherhood would highlight the different ways a father provided for his family and why his family was such a focal point of the deceased’s life. Fatherhood focused obituaries mention different ways a father provided, supported, and took care of his family. It’s also important to mention any hobbies or awards his children have earned as those were most likely accomplished with the support of the parents.

Father obituary template

[Full name], [age], of [place of residence], passed away on [date of death] after a [descriptor] battle with [cause of death].

[First name] was born on [date and year of birth] to [parents] in [city of birth]. After graduating from [name of high school] in [high school graduation year], [he/she] went on to study [college major] at [college name].

After graduation, [he/she] landed [his/her] first job as a [job title] for [company] for [years]. In [year they met], [he/she] met [spouse name], and they wed in [marriage year], going on to have [number of children] children, [list of children’s names].

[Name] was a force of nature, determined to provide for his family and give them the life he felt they deserved. His family meant more to him than anything else in the world, something he often mentioned. He was unendingly proud of [child name], [child name], and [spouse name] and always tried his best to support them.

[Name] was also a passionate [name of personal hobby or craft] and could often be found [name of hobby/activity] when he wasn’t at home.

Anyone who knew [name] knew that he was the most loving father and husband a family could ask for. [First name] was predeceased by [list of family members who have passed away]. He is survived by [list of family members who are still alive].

The family requests that all flowers and notes are sent to [location]. There will be a [funeral service/memorial/celebration of life] at [date & time] at [location].

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Father obituary example

James Thompson, 62, of San Antonio, TX passed away surrounded by loved ones on January 15th, 2019 after a difficult battle with pancreatic cancer.

James was born on August 11th, 1957 to Terry and Farrah Thompson in Brooklyn, NY. After graduating from Brooklyn Local in 1975, he went on to study biology at Texas A&M.

After graduation, James landed his first job as a Lab for Dow Chemical, which kickstarted a 20 year career in biology.

In 1985, James met Gerald Hamlin at a business conference in San Francisco, CA. They fell in love almost instantly and were lifelong partners. Gerald and James moved to San Antonio, TX in 1988 and adopted their two sons John & Tyler only 4 years later in 1992.

James was a force of nature, determined to provide for his family and give them the life he felt they deserved. His family meant more to him than anything else in the world, something he often mentioned. He was unendingly production of Tyler’s success as medical professional and John’s tenure as a Biology Professor at UT. James and Gerald were able to build not one, but two family homes for their family, with their summer home located in their favorite part of Lake Tahoe, CA.

James was also a passionate craftsman who could be found in his workshop during his time off, working on gifts for family and friends.

Anyone who knew James knew that he was the most loving father and spouse a family could ask for. James was predeceased by his mother, Farrah, his father Terry, and his sister Louise. He is survived by Gerard, John, and Tyler and his three siblings Jeanette, Craig, and Sam.

The family requests that all flowers and notes are sent to their home. There will be a funeral service, details are still being worked out.

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Young adult obituary

Young adult obituaries focus on the accomplishments that a young adult was able to achieve during their lifetime. It’s important to give information on activities or passions that the young adult had as well as their goals and values for their future. Mentioning an important partner or spouse and any children is important, as well as any pets.

Young adult obituary template

[Name], [age], of [location] passed away suddenly after an accident involving [cause of death]. [His/her] family is shocked and deeply saddened by [his/her] loss.

[Name] was born on [date of birth] to [name of parents] in [location]. After graduating from [high school] in [year], [name] attended [community college] with a focus in [major].

During [his/her] time at [college name], [name] was also employed at [company] as a [position]. [He/she] loved [name of hobby] and [name of favorite activity]. [He/she] was a bright and kind individual.

[Name] also dedicated time towards [volunteer work or hobby]. 

[Name] met [name of boyfriend/girlfriend/partner] at [location] while [working at (employer) / in school]. They enjoyed [couple activity] and [couple activity] with their [friends/family/pets]. 

Anyone who knew [name], knew that they were [kind words]. [He/she] had an immense passion for [passion] and was always a source of positivity. [His/her] family and friends will miss [him/her] more than words can say.

The family requests that flowers be sent to [location]. There will be a funeral service held at [time, date] at [location].

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Young adult obituary example

Vinny Edwards, 23, of Las Vegas, NV passed away suddenly after an ATV accident. His family is shocked and deeply saddened by his loss.

Vinny was born on August 11th, 1996 to Michelle and Frank Edwards in Las Vegas, NV. After graduating from Las Vegas High 2011, Vinny decided he wanted to pursue community college and a career in sports medicine.

During his time at Las Vegas Community College, Vinny was also employed at Nike full time as a warehouse manager. He absolutely loved sports, shoes, and his coworkers and friends. He was an immensely bright and soft-hearted individual who did his best to help others throughout his life.

Vinny also dedicated every other weekend to helping out and volunteering at Las Vegas’s Humane Society. He loved animals and believed in animal welfare deeply. It was during his time at the Humane Society that Vinny met his girlfriend, Zoe.

Zoe and Vinny spent many days taking their two dogs Scooter & Boston on as many outdoor activities as they could muster. You’d often find them hiking, at the lake, or going on long distance runs.

Anyone who knew Vinny knew that he was a special soul. He had an immense passion for life and was always a positive source in whatever group he was in. His family and friends will miss him more than words can say.

The family requests that all flowers and notes are sent to their home. There will be a private funeral service for family members.

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Teen obituary

Teen obituaries are often difficult to write due to the young age of the person who has passed away. A teen obituary would focus on their accomplishments in school and local community programs they were a part of. Teens are often involved in clubs or extracurricular activities at school, if you’re unsure which ones to mention, it’s a good idea to ask friends and loved ones for ideas. Teen obituaries often focus on school achievements, extracurricular achievements, hobbies, and friends that were loved by the teenager who has passed away.

Teen obituary template

[Full name], [age], of [place of residence], passed away on [date of death] after a [descriptor] battle with [cause of death].

[First name] was born on [date and year of birth] to [parents] in [city of birth]. [First name] attended [name of high school] and was passionate about [subject] and [extracurricular activity].

While in school, [he/she] worked as a [job title] and enjoyed spending times with [his/her] friends and family. [First name] was also extremely passionate about [hobby or activity] and would oftentimes be found at [location] practicing.

[Name] met [his/her] best friends at [location] and enjoyed spending time [enjoying/doing/playing activity] with [friend names]. [He/she] was also a part of [club] and was passionate about [things club/activity accomplished].

[First name]’s memory will forever be cherished by [list of family members and other important life figures].

The family requests that all flowers and notes are sent to [location]. There will be a [funeral service/memorial/celebration of life] at [date & time] at [location].

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Teen obituary example

Jennifer Haren, 16, of Dayton, OH, passed away on March 7th surrounded by friends and family.

Jennifer was born on April 15th, 2012 to Shelly & Martin Haren in Riverside, OH. Jennifer attended Dayton High and was passionate about photography and volleyball.

While in school, she worked as a grocery clerk at Dayton General and enjoyed spending time with her friends and family. Jennifer was also extremely passionate about volleyball and would often times be found practicing her serve at the local community center.

Jennifer met her best friends Morgan & Sarah at Dayton High and enjoyed spending time taking photos and going to local games with them. Jennifer was also a part of both the Photography Club and R.I.S.K. Club at Dayton High and was passionate about mental health and sports.

Jennifer’s memory will forever be cherished by her friends at Dayton High, her family, and her team at the community center.

The Haren family requests that all flowers and notes be sent to their home. There will be a Celebration of Life at the Haren family home on March 15th. Please email Shelly or Martin for further details.

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Child obituary

Due to the young age of children, an obituary written about them generally focuses on their personality and their hobbies. Children often have tons of hobbies and passions that they’re excited about, even from very young ages. It’s important to describe their personality, interests and what kind of person they were when writing an obituary for a child.

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Child obituary template

[Full name] passed away on [date of death] at the age of [age], following [cause of death].

[First name] was born in [place of birth] on [date of birth] to parents, [names of parents]. [He/She] was a [one or two attributes] child, always [common activities that demonstrate personality]. [She/He] proudly stated that [he/she] wanted to be a [career of choice] when [he/she] grew up. [First name] also loved [other favorite activities].

After [First name] was…[describe how they dealt with their illness, if applicable].

[First name]’s memory will forever be cherished by [list of family members and other important life figures].

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Child obituary example

Edgar Fernandez passed away on February 23, 2018 at the age of 9, following a 2-year battle with brain cancer.

Edgar was born in San Antonio, Texas on March 1, 2008 to parents, Jessica and Juan Fernandez. He was an active and inquisitive child, always wanting to understand how things worked and occasionally getting in minor trouble for taking household items apart and trying to put them back together. He proudly stated that he wanted to be an inventor when he grew up. Edgar also loved baseball and spent many afternoon playing games with his friends.

After Edgar was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2016, he rarely lost his spirit. Even when confined to a hospital bed for extended periods, he excitedly watched baseball games and talked about them with parents and medical team.

Edgar’s memory will forever be cherished by his parents, Jessica and Juan and his grandparents, Javier and Maria Fernandez and Martha and Bill Atkins, as well as many cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.

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Infant obituary

An obituary for an infant should include the standard important dates and names of family members, but is often much shorter than a standard obituary. Speaking about the impact the pregnancy and infant had on the family is common, as well as referencing the amount of happiness infants bring parents, even in the brief time they were alive.

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Infant obituary template

[Full name] passed away in the embrace of family on [date of death] at [[place of death].

[First name] was born on [date of birth] to [names of parents], joining siblings [names of parents]. Despite [his/her] short time on earth, [she/he] was deeply loved and brought immense joy to those around [her/him].

[First name] will be forever remembered and loved by [list of family members].

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Infant obituary example

Ava Marie Thompson passed away in the embrace of family on June 12, 2018 at Four Saints Hospital.

Ava was born on June 3, 2018 to Marty and Janine Thompson, joining siblings Eric and Rebecca. Despite her short time on earth, she was deeply loved and brought immense joy to those around her.

Ava will be forever remembered and loved by her parents, Marty and Janine; her siblings, Eric and Rebecca; her four grandparents; her seven aunts and uncles and her thirteen cousins.

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Sudden death obituary

Sudden death obituary template

[Name], [age], of [location] died unexpectedly on [date] from injuries sustained in [type of accident]. [His/her] loss was completely unexpected and the family is shocked and deeply saddened.

[Name] was born on [date of birth] to [name of parents] in [location]. [Name] attended [name of school] and was passionate about [subject]. After graduating high school, [Name] moved to [location] with [name of person].

[He/she] worked as a [name of job] at [company] for [length of employment] and was a member of [local club/community/sport team].

[Name] also spent time as a [volunteer work or hobby].

Anyone who knew [name], knew that they were [kind/loving/caring/warm/brilliant/awesome/wonderful]. [He/she] had an immense passion for [hobby] and was always a source of positivity. [Name]’s family and friends will miss [him/her] more than words can say.

Contributions in memory of [Name] can be made to [name of organization]. There will be a funeral service held at [time, date] at [location]. If you cannot attend the service, please consider posting on [link to online memorial website].

Sudden death obituary example

Maria Hernandez, 26, of Chicago died unexpectedly on February 11th, 2020 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Her loss was completely unexpected and the family is shocked and deeply saddened.

Maria was born on January 10th, 1994 to Samuel & Rosa Hernandez in Las Vegas, Nevada. Maria attended Las Vegas High School and was passionate about photography. After graduating high school, Maria moved to Chicago with her sister.

She worked as a head baker at Breaded Threads for almost 3 years and was a member of her local roller derby team.

Maria also spent time as a volunteer at the Chicago Boys & Girls Club.

Anyone who knew Maria, knew that she was incredibly kind hearted. She had an immense passion for her work and was always a source of positivity. Maria’s family and friends will miss her more than words can say.

Contributions in memory of Maria can be made to The Chicago Boys & Girls Club. There will be a funeral service held at 11:30 AM, July 8th at C.T. Funeral Home. If you cannot attend the service, please consider posting on her website.


It can be beneficial to use an obituary writing template, since it can be difficult to capture someone's life in a single obituary, especially while grieving. An obituary can help acknowledge and announce the death so that a community may come together, commemorate a life well lived, and provide a community with ways that they can participate in celebrating the life of a loved one. The best obituaries aren’t ones that are published in the most well-known newspapers. Rather, obituaries that are written well and from the heart leave the biggest impact.

Learn how to write an obituary by reading a related article on Ever Loved.

Interested in publishing an obituary for free? Start by creating a memorial website for a loved one on Ever Loved to get started and add an obituary, funeral events, track RSVPs, add photos, and more.

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