Death Notice Templates and Obituary Templates

To help you write a death notice or obituary, here are a number of templates. The information in [brackets] and bold is for you to fill in with the particular information about the person who died.

Template 1

Information included in this template:

  • Name of the person who died
  • Age at death
  • Date of death
  • Relationship to survivors
  • Where donations can be made

[Sontag, Susan], [71]. Our beloved [mother] and friend passed away on [December 28, 2004]. Memorial donations may be made in [Susan’s] name to [The Susan Sontag Foundation].

Template 2

Information included in this template:

  • Name of the person who died
  • Age at death
  • Date of death
  • Location of death
  • Names of surviving and predeceased family members
  • Funeral service details

[Jefferson, Thomas], [83], peacefully passed away [Tuesday, July 4, 1826] at [his home] in [Charlottesville, VA]. [He] is survived by [his daughter Martha] and was predeceased by [his wife], [Martha], and [his children Jane], [Mary], and [Lucy]. Funeral services will be performed by [Reverend Charles Clay] at the [Monticello Graveyard] on [Wednesday, July 5, 1826] at [5:00 pm]

Template 3

Information included in this template:

  • Name of the person who died
  • Age at death
  • Cause of death
  • Date and location of death
  • Date and location of birth
  • Parents' names
  • Marriage information
  • Professional information, professional achievements
  • Awards received
  • Names of surviving family members
  • Funeral service details
  • Charity donation information

[Ella Jane Fitzgerald], [79], died after a long struggle with [diabetes] on [Saturday, June 15, 1996] in [Beverly Hill, CA]. [She] was born on [April 25, 1917] in [Newport News, VA] to [William and Temperance Fitzgerald]. In [1941] [she] married [Benny Kornegay]; [the marriage ended in divorce]. In [1947 she re-married] to [Ray Brown] and together they raised their [son Ray]. [Ella] worked as a [singer] for [59] years, and was particularly known for [her interpretation of jazz standards]. She received [13 Grammy awards], including one for [Lifetime Achievement]. [Ella] is survived by [her son Ray] and [her granddaughter Alice]. Funeral services will be privately held. Memorial donations may be made in [Ella’s] name to the [Schoenberg Music Library at UCLA, 1102 Schoenberg Music Building, Los Angeles, CA 90095].

Template 4

Information included in this template:

  • Name of the person who died
  • Date and location of death
  • Age at death
  • Date and location of birth
  • Early education
  • Marriage information
  • Professional information, professional interests and achievements
  • Personal interests and personal characteristics
  • Awards received
  • Names of surviving family members
  • Funeral service details, including name of funeral home
  • Charity donation information

[Albert Einstein], of [Princeton, NJ], died on [Monday, April 18, 1955] at [Princeton Hospital]. [He] was [76]. [He] was born on [March 14, 1879] in [Ulm, Germany]. He attended [Luitpold Elementary School], [Aargau Cantonal High School], and [ETH Zürich]. In [1902] [he] married [Mileva Marić], and together they had [2] children, [Hans] and [Eduard]. [They divorced in 1919] and [Albert] was [re-married] to [Elsa Löwenthal]. [Albert] worked as a [patent clerk] at the [Swiss Patent Office] and dedicated himself to [making sense of the relationship between space and time]. He served as a member of the [National Association for the Advancement of Colored People] and in [1921] he was awarded the [Nobel Prize in Physics]. A unique soul, [Albert] was very [funny], and enjoyed [playing practical jokes on his friends]. [He] will be greatly missed. [Albert] is survived by [his sons] and was [predeceased by his wife, Elsa]. A memorial service organized by [Miller Funeral Home] will be held at the [University of California, Los Angeles] on [May 18, 1955]. Memorial donations may be made in [Albert’s] name to the [Los Angeles Jewish Community Council].

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