Obituary Template Sample

Obituary Template Sample

Here is an obituary template sample.  An obituary template can help you quickly and easily make an obituary program for a funeral or memorial service.  An obituary template is a document that is formatted to help you quickly and easily enter information about the deceased as well as funeral or memorial service information, as well as pictures and family photos.  You can get obituary template in a variety of software programs, such as Microsoft Word or Publisher, Apple Pages and many others.  This obituary template sample is a trifold format, which prints on legal 8 1/2″x14″ paper that prints double sided (or duplex) and fold twice yielding 6 panels of information

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Obituary Template Sample Outer Cover

This obituary template outer cover has a religious bible and cross design with a pale beige background and a black border around it.  There is space for a cover photo and also has the first and last name as well as the birth and death date.  This template has a “fancy title” clipart to give the program an elegant design look, but you could use a standard textbox and change the funeral program title a more appropriate title such as “In Memorial” or “Celebration of Life”.  The middle panel (which is the back panel when folded), has space for a funeral poem, prayer or scripture or other information.  There is also an acknowledgement or thank you note to friends and family.

The left panel has space for a photos.  This obituary program has the photo arranged in a collage.  The pictures have a slight tilt, to give a whimsical and informal look, and the photos have thick white borders around them.  You can format your pictures using Microsoft Word or Publisher, using the “format picture” lines and color features.  There is also a textbox caption “forever in our hearts”.

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Obituary Template Sample Inner Page

The left hand panel of the inner page of this obituary template has a funeral order of service that is formatted with a traditional religious funeral service.  The Interment or burial information is located at the bottom.  The middle panel has the obituary, which is one of the most important parts of the obituary template.  The obituary tells of the life accomplishments of the deceased.  It gives birth place, school, career and hobby information, and often tells of the persons traits and character.  There is also family information listed.  The right hand panel can be used for additional photos or poems.


Adding Info to an Obituary Template

If you are using an obituary template to write your loved one’s funeral announcement, you will need to fill in the following pieces of obituary templateinformation:
  • Full name
  • Place and date of birth
  • Names of surviving parents, spouse, siblings, children and grandchildren
  • Funeral arrangements (time, date, place), as well as the name of the funeral home or mortuary handling the arrangements
  • Optional pieces of information you can include in an obituary are:
  • Cause of death
  • Military service
  • Degree and name of college/high school, etc.
  • Wedding date
  • Employment history
  • Accomplishments
  • Organizations
  • Hobbies
Don’t disregard this optional information though. Much of it can be used in the funeral or memorial program and even a longer obituary, if you so choose.  Once you fill in the obituary template, make sure you have a second pair of eyes give it a once over. In stressful times such as this, it’s very easy to overlook a detail or two.

Obituaries Made Easy with Templates

Following an obituary template to write up your loved one’s death announcement is the best way to ensure you include everything you need for a complete and thoughtful listing.

A typical template will have the obituary written out, but leave pertinent information blank such as:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Place of residence
  • Place and date of birth
  • Names of high school and/or college
  • Spouses name (if applicable)
  • Survivors’ names
  • Optional biographical information (employment, honors, accomplishments, etc.)
  • Time, date and place of funeral or memorial.

Most obituary templates are free to use; however, check with your local newspaper to see whether there are any costs associated with placing the announcement.


Obituary Program Template Example — Graduated Fold

Obituary Template Example

This is an example of an obituary program made from a graduated fold obituary template.     This beautiful floral  design features pink and pastel roses with a pink tab on the right hand side that displays the name of your loved one.  It prints on standard letter sized (8 1/2″x 11) paper, and then has an offset fold that reveals a colored tab on the right hand side.   This funeral program is perfect for funerals, memorials or celebration of life ceremonies, and can feature all kinds of information including an order of service, an obituary, poem, scriptures, song and hymn lyrics and acknowledgment.

Obituary Template Outer Cover

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This program has an oval autoshape which displays the photo, instead of the traditional square box.  The oval autoshape has a thin pink line around it.  The first letter of the program title is capitalized, giving it a polished and elegant look.  The cover also lists the full name and birth and death date, as well as service information.  The back cover features a poem and an acknowledgement (also called “Thank You” )message to friends and family thanking them for attending and for any special gifts or gestures.

Obituary Template Inner Page

Obituary Template Graduated Fold

The inside page features a an informal funeral order of service which shows what events will take place during the service, as well as the name of the speakers and singers.  The right hand side shows a short obituary which tells the life accomplishments and family of the person being remembered.



Using Obituary Templates

Obituary Templates can be used to help you create an obituary program to hand out at your funeral or memorial service.  These programs are often kept by friends and family as cherished keepsakes.  Creating an obituary program can be easy if you use an obituary template.  These templates are available online, and can be downloaded immediately.  They are available in a variety of styles and designs, and in many different paper sizes and layouts.


Choosing A Template
When choosing a template, make sure you have the appropriate software for editing the template.  Templates come in a variety of software applications including Microsoft Word, Publisher and Adobe InDesign.  You will also have to select an appropriate paper size and layout.  You should also purchase your template from a site that provides some form of customer service.

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What to include in your Program
Once you have selected your template, you should gather the information that you would like to include.  Information commonly included are an order of service, an obituary, funeral poems, scriptures and photos. Photo collages are often include, and add a very personalized touch to your program.  You can see the article “What to include in a Program” for more information

Printing your program
Once you have completed your program, make sure you have enough ink or toner on hand to print your programs. You can also take your finished program to a copy shop to have them printed.  You can print your program on heavier paper or cardstock to prevent colors from showing through, and to give your program more professional look.



Welcome to Obituary Template Blog

Hello, and welcome to the Obituary Template Website. This site will feature information on how to write an obituary, and will provide sample templates to help make the process quicker and easier.  We will also showcase obituary templates and sample obituary programs to help you create your own personalized obituary program to give to friends, family and guests who attend your funeral and memorial services. Stay Tuned!


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