How to Write an Obituary for Your Grandmother

14 June 2020 • Online Obituaries

How to Write an Obituary for Your Grandmother

Grandma, granny, gran, mama bear. Whatever you call your grandmother, they all refer to the same special person in your life. Grandmothers are the matriarch of your family; the grandest mother of all. Without her, neither you nor your mom or dad would be here.

For a lot of people, the first time we experience the death of a loved one is when a grandparent passes away. It is only logical that this is the case, because our grandparents are already in their golden years. As sad as the event of their passing is, you must remember that death is part of life's natural cycle. Having said that, coming to terms with reality does not take away the pain we feel when our dear grandmother moves on to the next life.

Our grandmother becomes like a second mom to us. Your grandma was both a loving and warm presence in our life, but can also be a no-nonsense teacher. They always mean well when they guide us through life and gift us their endless wisdom. Your grandmother had decades worth of experiences in life and they were always generous with sharing their knowledge with you. We owe a lot to our grandma, so it's only right that you write their obituary in the best possible way.

In most cases, it is your parents or aunts and/or uncles who would write the online obituary, because they are the children of your grandmother. However, there might be times when you are the one tasked with this challenging but very important process. If you are the one writing your grandmother's obituary, think of it as one of the final ways to honor your beloved granny. 

If you've never written an online obituary before and don't know where to start, we've outlined the basic structure for you. We also included tips that will make the online obituary for your beloved grandmother the best it can be. 

How to write an obituary for your grandmother

The Basics

Write down basic information about your grandmother such as:

  • Complete name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of passing
  • Age at passing
  • Place of residence
  • Spouse's name

Double-check dates and places. Make sure that spelling is correct. You can also add a bit of character with personal details, such as:

  • Nicknames
  • Names of children and grandchildren
  • Personality traits
  • Hobbies and achievements of note

Include a Brief Biography

Your grandmother's life was unique. This part of the obituary is where you let your grandmother's unique personality and legacy shine. Provide a brief biography about her life, including:

  • Major life events
  • Contributions and causes
  • Profession or trade
  • The lives she touched
  • Close friends and colleagues
  • Funny habits or quirks

Service Information 

If you're writing the online obituary before their funeral, provide the important details about the service. You might like to consider adding the following:

  • Name of the funeral home and contact number
  • Place of service
  • Date and time of visitation
  • Any special program for the deceased
  • Officiant Name (if applicable)

However, if you're creating the online obituary after your beloved grandmother's funeral, you can skip creating this section. 

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Add a Special Message

Last, but not least, you can add a special message for or about your grandma. As the editor of their online obituary, you can choose to write it in first-person or from a third-person perspective. It's up to you to choose which tone is more appropriate or intimate. 

You can talk about fond memories of your grandmother. Don't be afraid to write something humorous or quirky for as long as it's appropriate for an obituary. Although online obituaries are serious, it doesn't have to be somber or heavy. Obituaries are meant to show the remarkable life and personality of your grandmother. 

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