In the UK, it is a tradition to include death notices and obituaries in local newspapers to let acquaintances, work colleagues and members of the public know when someone has passed on. The practise remains popular to this day as a form of paying tribute to the departed.
It can be difficult to know where to begin when writing an obituary for a newspaper, but our professional funeral directors in Sutton Coldfield are on hand to help. Here are some handy tips to help you write the perfect piece for a newspaper.
The first thing to do is pick up a copy of the local paper you want to put the announcement in. This gives you a chance to look at some examples and get an idea of how they should be written. Some newspapers will require your piece to fit in with their style.
Next you need to consider your budget. The cost of putting announcements in papers can vary considerably because pricing is typically based on the amount of column space you are taking up. You should enquire about the column and font sizes as well as word limits to get a better idea of the costs.
The third thing to consider is the deadline. You’ll need to have the announcement written and submitted in advance so it can be checked, approved and put into print. You should try submitting as far in advance as possible because if you leave it late you could miss out on the date you want or find the piece has errors from not being checked.
The fourth step is to actually write the announcement. You can include a wide range of details in the piece, such as personal information, names of family members, favourite hobbies and achievements.
After it is written you should have a family member or friend proofread it. They should check all of the spelling and grammar, as well as making sure you haven’t missed out any important details.
When you are happy with the announcement it is time to submit it. It is often better to submit an electronic copy rather than a handwritten one. This helps to reduce the risk of errors getting introduced. We can provide this service on your behalf, if required.
Once the paper receives the announcement they should give it a final proofread before printing it. In some cases they may even reword parts of it if it doesn’t follow their style. Before it goes to print you should ask to see a final draft just to make sure you are happy with everything.
We can help you with organising funeral announcements and getting them printed in local papers. We have been involved in the organisation of funerals in Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham for many years and always seek to deliver the highest quality service.