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FDAK Newsletter 02/9/18

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Why Your Funeral Home Should Encourage Personalized Obituaries

Source:  The Meaningful Funeral by Frazer Consultants, Issue 2, Winter 2017

When families announce a death, your mind probably wanders to the traditional announcement you see in a newspaper.

These announcements list close relatives, funeral service details, and maybe a favorite hobby – but that’s about it.  A lot of families don’t know that with online obituaries, you can really dig deep into the life of a loved one and tell a meaningful story.

It’s not the years in the life that count; it’s the life in the years.  Families need to be aware that they can write in-depth, inspirational obituaries about their lost loved ones rather than the predictable announcement of death.  There’s potential for so much more than just providing essential information.

Personalized Obituaries Help Your Families

When families write a deeper story about their loved ones, it helps them in many ways.  They’ll have time to reminisce about all the light their loved one brought to their life, and the positive memories they have.  Obituaries will help them grieve, heal, and connect with each other in their time of hardship.

Personalized Obituaries Help Your Funeral Home

By encouraging families to write more personalized online obituaries, your funeral home will also reap the benefits as well.  Personalized online obituaries will increase traffic to your website.  Also, helping families tell their loved ones’ stories will show that you’re there for each family every step of the way.

How You Can Help

To help families understand what they can do with an obituary, provide them with examples and suggestions.  As a funeral director, families are relying on you to make them aware of the options available for them.  A meaningful tribute can create laughter, spark memories, and generate happiness for families and friends.

Tips For Obituaries

First, you should outline the important events in their life.  What stories stand out that illustrate a loved one’s best qualities?

Consider interviewing a few family members and get their personal stories and memories of the deceased.  This will help make the obituary lively.  Tell a personal story that will show the accomplishments and personality of a loved one.

Pictures serve as a pleasant reminder of the deceased and give readers the ability to recognize the individual, so try to include a few.  Lastly, remember to write from the heart.  Express your love and appreciation by showcasing their best characteristics.  To Read More, Visit:




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