25 Death Announcement Wording Ideas

Death in the Modern Age

Death Announcements: How to Write One (with Example Templates)

When someone passes away it’s easy to forget that you need to inform others of their death. A death announcement is necessary to let family, friends and casual acquaintances know that a loved one has sadly passed away so they can attend the funeral, send condolences, make a donation or just offer their support.

A death announcement is a statement that lets people know of the death of someone. It outlines the main details of the deceased and how they died, including their name, date of birth, the date they passed away, the location and any funeral arrangements or memorial service.

Death announcements have traditionally been placed in Newspapers so that they reached the largest number of people. That would also mean that they cost, usually being charged per word.

As times have changed it’s now common to see a version of a death announcement on the likes of Facebook, Instagram and other social media. This lets the family of the deceased reach all their friends and family much more quickly than through the more conventional method of the newspaper. It’s also more likely to get shared and be seen by a larger number of people as most of us have social media accounts.

How to Write a Death Announcement

The good thing about death announcements is that they are usually very short. If you’re struggling after losing someone so dear to you then having to write paragraphs about them is going to be extremely hard.

So thankfully most death announcements are brief. You only need to mention the most important details and it should only come to a few sentences in total. Keeping it simple and to the point is the aim.

  • Begin with the full name of the deceased and maybe a small extra bit of information about them. “The Jones family announces the passing of their father, David”
  • Follow with the date of their death and the age that they were when they passed away. “who died peacefully on March 24th, 2021”
  • You may want to include the location of their death too but it isn’t necessary.
  • Make it clear if there will be a funeral or memorial service along with the date of it and location. “There will be a service held on April 20th, 2021 at 1:30pm at St Bart’s Church, New York”
  • Finally, and also optional, give some details about where to send donations. “Please make any donations in Davids name to [charity of your choice]”

You may want to talk or collaborate with others when writing your announcement. Not only can it be hard to write about a lost loved one but other family members and friends may have insights you might not or miss.

25 Death Announcement Wording Ideas

1. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear friend, [insert name]. [He/she] was a light in this world, and now we need to continue shining [his/her] light by carrying it within us in our own lives. Please join us for a celebration of life at [place] at [time] on [date].

2. Our dear [family member] has passed away after a long battle with [illness], and we feel at peace knowing that [he/she] can rest now. Thank you for your visits, cards, and support during this difficult time for [name] and for our family. We would like to memorialize [him/her] at [place] on [date] at [time] by celebrating [his/her] wonderful life. Please join us if you would like to remember [name] with us.

3. No one loved life more than our [family member], [name]. We know [he/she] wouldn’t want us to wallow alone in our misery, so we are hosting a memorial party to rejoice in [her/his] life and toast to our memories. We hope you will come and pay your final respects to [name] with us.

4. With the news that our [family member] died last [day of week], we have been mourning the loss of a role model, friend, and confidant. [Name] wanted us to support causes that were important to [his/her] family, so we are asking for you to consider contributions to [charity] in [his/her] honor instead of flowers. There will be a funeral mass on [date] at [time] at [place]. We hope to see you there.

5. There are few words to express the deep pain and sorrow of losing [name] to [illness]. We want to host a private and dignified ceremony with [his/her] loved ones at [place] on [date] at [time]. [He/she] wanted a traditional memorial, so please dress in black and prepare any kind words you would like to share. [Name] is survived by [his/her] loving [wife/husband],[name], and his children, [name and name], and seven grandchildren.

6. There will be a ceremony to commemorate the wonderful life of our dear [name] on [date] at [time] at [place]. [He/she] was a privilege to know and love, and we would appreciate your help in creating a memorable final farewell. [He/she] would have wanted us to make a contribution to [his/her] most beloved [name of charity] in [his/her] memory, so please consider supporting [name of charity] instead of sending flowers.

7. Although [name]’s life ended before we were ready, the time that [he/she] spent in our lives was memorable and full of joy. We want to honor [his/her] love of life with a jubilant memorial, where all emotions are welcomed and encouraged. Come with your favorite snacks, pictures, or words to share at [place] on [date] at [time]. [Name] would have wanted us together, to be real and raw, while celebrating [his/her] life.

8. With sorrow, we have to announce the death of [name] on [date]. We are mourning the loss of our friend and companion, who made an impression on everyone [he/she] met. Please join us for a scattering of [his/her] ashes. The ship will leave from [place] at [time] on [date]. We look forward to seeing you and hearing your memories of [him/her].

9. Perhaps one of the funniest people we’ve ever met, [name] was a pleasure to know and spend time with. It’s with heavy hearts we acknowledge [his/her] passing, but we know [he/she] would want us to live on and laugh loudly, so please join [name]’s celebration of life at [place] on [date] at [time]. We intend to crank up the music and tear down the house!

10. [Name] moved on from this world last [day of week]. With sadness in our hearts, we find solace in knowing that [he/she]’s in a better place. There will be an intimate gathering at [place] to share memories and farewell to our beloved [name]. Please arrive at [time] on [date].

11. Our dear [family member], [name], passed away last [day of week]. We would appreciate your help in memorializing [his/her] life. Come to [place] at [time] on [date]. We would be grateful if you would bring some of your favorite photos to share.

12. Since [name] was a wild child, I’ve decided to throw a party to celebrate that [name] finally got [his/her] wings. [He/she] wouldn’t want us to dwell in sadness, but rather celebrate [his/her] remarkable time on earth with photos, stories, and loving memories. We would love for you to join the celebration of [name]’s life at [place] on [date] at [time].

13. There’s nothing our [name] enjoyed more than a gathering of the people [he/she] loved most, so we are hosting a celebration of life in [his/her] honor. Please join us to remember the good times at [place] on [date] at [time].

14. We are sad to share the news that our beloved [family member] has passed away. Last [day of week], [he/she] left this earth, and with heavy hearts, we will be holding a memorial for [him/her]. Please grace us with your company at [place] on [date] at [time].

15. In our lives, there have been few people as special as [name]. [He/she] was someone that we felt deeply connected to, and even though [he/she] is gone now, we feel [his/her] presence throughout our day. We want to share [his/her] last moments with you at a memorial at [time] on [date] at [place], so please join us.



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