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    You may wish to keep the Obituary traditional, so we have included information on standard Obituary format, as well as information that can be included in the Obituary.

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    Step 1 - Details About the Deceased

    Missing You Forever collects the following information from you when posting the Obituary, and we automatically include it in the Obituary Heading:

    • Full name of the deceased
    • Date of birth
    • Date of death

    Optional information that you may want to include in the Obituary:

    • City of residence
    • Age at death
    • Place of death
    • Cause of death

    Examples:

    • John Doe passed away peacefully in his home in Calgary, Alberta on January 1, 2001 after a courageous battle with cancer.
    • John Doe of Calgary passed away on January 1, 2001 at the age of 53.
    • John passed away peacefully at the Jane Hospital in Calgary, Alberta on January 1, 2001 at the age of 53.


    Note: You can begin the Obituary with phrases such as:

    • It is with deep sadness that the family of John Doe announce his passing in his home in….
    • It is with great sorrow that we inform you of the passing of our adored father, John Doe….



    Step 2 - Family & Friends

    1) Survived by means those who are still alive at the time of Johns death
    2) Predeceased by means those who passed prior to John
    3) Nee is the born name/Maiden name

    People to Include:

    • Name(s) of Parent(s)
    • Name of Spouse
    • Name(s) of Child(ren) - Eldest to Youngest
    • Name(s) of Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren (eldest to youngest)
    • Siblings

    Note - married family members spouses should go in brackets. See example.

    Examples:

    • John was born on January 1, 2001 in Calgary, Alberta to Jane and David Doe. Loving husband to Kay Doe, John is also survived by his children Ana Doe (Jason Thomas)(married with different last names), Bob (Elise) Doe(married with the same last name) and Jennifer Doe(single). Idolized grandfather to Becki and Adam Doe. Beloved brother of Damon Doe. John was predeceased by his mother Jane Doe in 1991 and his father David Doe in 1992...
    • Jane Doe (nee Smith) was born on January 1, 2001...

    You can include words to better describe the deceased:

    Examples:

    • John was a loving father to….
    • Cherished mother of…
    • Sparkle of John’s eye…

    Other people to include:

    Special relatives - aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandparents, friends, in-laws (listed eldest to youngest)



    Step 3 - Life of the Deceased

    • Date of birth
    • Place of birth
    • Names of parents
    • Childhood stories
    • Education work, volunteer work, charities, sports, interests, activities, religious, achievements
    • Stories - humorous or stories of accomplishments
    • Marriage details
    • Details about personality

    Examples:

    • John was born on January 1, 2001 in Calgary, Alberta to cherished mother Jane and loving father David. Throughout his early years, John was a good student, and continued on to attend Doe University, where he obtained his Masters Degree in Business Management. John met his adoring wife Kay in 2005 and married her in 2009. Together they had two children...
    • John was an avid volunteer with the Doe foundation. He won numerous awards for his accomplishments and dedication to the organization. John could be found fishing on weekends, and held a dedicated interest in archery. John was very involved with the (religion) church, and was always eager to lend a helping hand. John made a profound impact on the banking industry and restructured the entire finance department John’s favourite thing to do was throw his granddaughter in the air. She loved it when her grandpa did that with her.
    • John was loving, caring and gentle.  He helped everyone who needed it and was especially eager to assist people having car problems - another one of Johns hobbies.



    Step 4 - Service Details

    • Date
    • Time
    • Place
    • Name of Funeral Home

    Examples:

    • Funeral services will be held on (date) at (time) at the (name of place of service).
    • A celebration of life will be held on...

    Note: Some name officiants and pallbearers, as well as visitation and reception information



    Step 5 - Closing

    • Charitable donations
    • Thank you
    • Quote or poem

    Examples:

    • In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Doe Foundation.
    • A special thank you to the staff at Doe Hospital for their kind treatment.
    • Until we meet again
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