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 list of free obituary templates for you so you can feel free to write with the help of a few guidelines.

If you’re considering writing 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 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.

Historically, this communication of a death would happen via newspaper, where a family member would pay a newspaper several hundred dollars to publish an obituary and obituaries would be listed on an obituary section of the paper. However, on Ever Loved, you can write and publish an obituary online when you create a free online memorial website for a loved one. So once you’ve chosen a template that you like, feel free to create a memorial for your loved one.

Example obituary written for Robert Frank Conkey Jr. on Ever Loved

Pictured is an example obituary written for Robert Frank Conkey Jr. on Ever Loved

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 obituary writing templates can provide you with the tools you need to honor a loved one while also following traditional practices:

Basic Obituary Template

This template includes the following information:

  • Loved one’s first and last name
  • Age of loved one at death
  • Date of death
  • Location of death
  • City of death
  • Names of surviving and predeceased family members
  • Funeral service details, including date, time, and place

Here’s the template:

[First and last name], [age], peacefully passed away on [date of death] at [location of death] in [location of death]. [He/She] is survived by [survivors] and is predeceased by [predeceased 1] and [predeceased 2]. Funeral services will be held at [funeral place] on [funeral date] at [funeral time].

Tip: There are two key phrases that you need to be able to differentiate to avoid confusion and possibly even embarrassing family members:

  • When listing family members who are still living, it is common to use phrases such as “survived by”.
  • When listing family members who have previously passed away, it is common to use the phrase “preceded in death by” or “predeceased by.”

Obituary Template 2

This template includes the following information:

  • Loved one’s first and last name
  • Age of loved one at death
  • Cause, date, location, and city of death
  • Date, location, and city of birth
  • Loved one’s parents’ names
  • Marriage information
  • Career details and achievements
  • Names of surviving and predeceased family members
  • Funeral service details, including date, time, and place
  • Charity donation information

Here’s the template:

[First and Last name], [age], died after a difficult struggle with [cause] on [date of death] at [location of death] in [location of death]. [She/He] was born on [date of birth] in [birth place] to [parents]. In [marriage year], [she/he] married [spouse] and together they raised their children, [child 1], [child 2] and [child 3]. [First name] dedicated his career to [career] for [career duration] years, and was awarded [award] for [her/his] achievements. [She/He] is survived by [survivors] and is predeceased by [her/his] parents. Funeral services will be privately held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in [First name’s] name to [charity donation information].

Obituary Template 3

This template includes the following information:

  • Loved one’s first and last name
  • Age of loved one at death
  • Cause, date, location, and city of death
  • If an illness was the cause of death, include years with illness and name of illness
  • Date, location, and city of birth
  • Parents’ names
  • Names of surviving and predeceased family members

Here’s the template:

[First and Last name], died peacefully at [location of death] in [city of death] on [date of death], after a [time with illness] battle with [name of illness]. [She/He] was [age] years old.

A caring and compassionate person, [First name] was beloved by many. [Her/His] true devotion in life was to [her/his] children and grandchildren. [Her/His] memory will live on forever in the hearts of those who were lucky enough to call [her/him] [Mom/Dad], [child 1], [child 2], [child 3], [child 4], and [child 5].

[She/He] leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter, to be carried on by [her/his] surviving family members. [She/He] is preceded in death by [preceding family members].

Child Death Obituary Template

This obituary template for a child’s untimely death includes the following information:

  • Child’s first and last name
  • Age of child at death
  • Cause, date, location, and city of death
  • If an illness was the cause of death, include name of illness
  • Memorable characteristic, including: a gentle smile, a knack for climbing at the playground, a natural at playing soccer, etc.
  • Names of surviving and predeceased family members

Here’s the template:

[First and Last name], [son/daughter] of [Parent 1 Name] and [Parent 2 Name], passed on [date of death] following a battle with [name of illness]. [He/She] was [age] years old. [His/her] final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that [he/she] had touched in some small way throughout [his/her] short, yet memorable life.

[First name]'s life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by [him/her] understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. Though [he/she] was young, [his/her] voice and presence will always be felt.

Christian Obituary Template

This christian themed obituary template includes the following information:

  • Loved one’s first and last name
  • Date of death
  • Date and city of birth
  • Names of surviving and predeceased family members
  • Funeral service details, including date, time, and place
  • A psalm

Here’s the template:

[Full name] was born in [city of birth] on [date of birth]. [She/He] entered Heaven’s gates on [date of death].

[First name] had an unwavering faith in God which showed through [her/his] kind and gentle spirit and great devotion to [her/his] family.

[First name] was predeceased by [names of predeceased family members]. [First name] is survived by [surviving family members].

A [funeral event type] celebrating [his/her] life will be held at [event location name] in [event address] on [event date] at [event time].

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.”


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 Loed.

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.

February 2018