Why Do People Write An Obituary?

Obituaries began as a public service announcement to communities of peoples' passing.

Currently, obituaries are written to inform the public of the ceremony or rites that will be held for the person that has passed.

Family members of the decedent may write an obituary to leave a footprint of that person’s life.  Newspaper print offers a hard copy, while posting on a website or blog leaves a digital imprint.

An obituary can also inform people that were close to the decedent that they have died.  This may include someone:

  • they worked with
  • went to school with
  • attended church with 
  • grew up with
  • were in a club or organization with
Obituaries paint a broad picture of the life someone lived.

With newspapers falling away, a digital story can be left for generations to come.