Bearing One Another's Burdens Since 1901







The Lynden Burial Society 


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When Death Occurs - A List
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~ Obituaries ~
At a minimum, an obituary is a notice in the newspaper of a death and funeral arrangements. But it can be much more: a record of the extended family – both living and dead, a thank you to those who helped out, a request for memorial donations. 
Most importantly, an obituary can be a compelling story of a life
At the outset, writing an obituary may seem overwhelming.  We are happy to offer the help below in an attempt to clarify and simplify putting together an obituary.  We list below :
  1. newspaper contact information as well as a  

  2. suggestive guideline for writing an obituary.

  3. Tips to writing your own obituary                 

  4. Link here to print a form for recording personal information 

> 1.
Local obituaries are most often run in the two local newspapers.  They offer help and assistance in content and cost of the publishing of obituaries.  Please visit their respective sites below for more information pertaining their publication's requirements and procedure:
  • Lynden Tribune    ( no link available- call 360-354-4444)

 > 2.

The following headings are meant as a general guide. Make sure that you have considered everything that is usually covered, then select what you would like to include, and also decide what order you would like to use.

    • Full name of the deceased, including nickname, if any
    • Age at death
    • Residence (for example, the name of the city) at death
    • Day and date of death
    • Place of death
    • Cause of death
  •  LIFE
    • Date of birth 
    • Place of birth
    • Names of parents
    • Childhood: siblings, stories, schools, friends
    • Marriage(s): date of, place, name of spouse
    • Education: school, college, university and other
    • Designations, awards, and other recognition
    • Employment: jobs, activities, stories, colleagues, satisfactions, promotions, union activities, frustrations, 
    • Places of residence
    • Hobbies, sports, interests, activities, and other enjoyment
    • Charitable, religious, fraternal, political, and other affiliations; positions held
    • Achievements
    • Disappointments
    • Unusual attributes, humor, other stories
    • Survived by (and place of residence):
      • Spouse
      • Children (in order of date of birth, and their spouses)
      • Grandchildren
      • Great-grandchildren
      • Great-great-grandchildren
      • Parents
      • Grandparents
      • Siblings (in order of date of birth)
      • Others, such as nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws
      • Friends
      • Pets (if appropriate)
    • Predeceased by (and date of death):
      • Spouse
      • Children (in order of date of birth)
      • Grandchildren
      • Siblings (in order of date of birth)
      • Others, such as nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws
      • Pets (if appropriate)
    • Day, date, time, place
    • Name of officiator, pallbearers, honorary pallbearers, other information
    • Visitation information if applicable: day, date, time, place
    • Reception information if applicable: day, date, time, place
    • Other memorial, vigil, or graveside services if applicable: day, date, time, place
    • Place of interment
    • Name of funeral home in charge of arrangements
    • Where to call for more information (even if no service planned)
  •  END
    • Memorial funds established
    • Memorial donation suggestions, including addresses
    • Thank you to people, groups, or institutions
    • Quotation or poem 
    • Three words that sum up the life

> 3.

Tips to Writing Your Own Obituary 

  • Just get started.  No matter how incomplete it is, it will be of benefit to others.
  • Say what your life means to you.  This part may be hardest for others to describe it you don't.
  • Find Three Words.  Think of the right three words that would aptly sum up your life and conclude your obituary. 
  • Use this project as an opportunity.  You can, for example, expand your work into a longer autobiography that you can leave to your descendants. You can also use this as an opportunity to make those other arrangements such as a “living will” and funeral wishes.
  • Inspire yourself.  Write an inspiring obituary, then live up to it!
  • Include a recent photo.  As well as one of a younger you, if you wish, with the other information.
  • Leave your composition  in a place where it can be readily accessed when it is needed. Inform your next of kin where this information, as well as your funeral wishes, is stored so it is available when needed.
  • Update as required.
  • Plan for an exceptional obituary.  Create as interesting and meaningful a life as possible, while you can.


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