Writing a Funeral Notice

How to write a funeral notice

Writing a Funeral Notice

The reason for placing a funeral notice in a newspaper is to notify family and friends of the death of a loved one. It is particularly effective for those friends that you may not have been in touch with for some time.

Funeral notices are expensive and are usually in the $350.00 price range, although the cost will increase with more information. Tony Hollands Funerals consultants will write the notice for you or, if you wish, you may use our template, found at the bottom of this page.

In saying that, trying to cut the information that needs to be in the notice may be something you regret. The Tony Hollands Funerals arranger will try to word the notice in a way that minimises the number of lines required but still includes all the right information. In the end, the wording is completely your choice, as it still needs to be the way you want it.

Below, we’ve listed some examples of different death notices and funeral notices and when they should appear. As you’ll see, the Tony Hollands Funerals Newspaper Logo is under each notice - this is placed under the notice so people who intend to come to the funeral or are unable to be there can contact Tony Hollands Funerals to order flowers and so on.

Our staff often receives calls from people trying to clarify whether they know the deceased, upon reading a funeral notice. When this occurs, the privacy laws and our privacy policy prevent us from giving out information such as phone numbers and addresses. If you wish, we can provide them with contact information of a family member or friend who can answer these questions.

Examples of Death and Funeral notices

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Death notices before a funeral

HOLLANDS John Raymond of Thornlands aged 90 years.

Passed away peacefully/suddenly on 22nd January 1908.

Dearly (beloved/loved) or (loved/loving) husband/wife of (Name) much loved (father/mother) and (father in law/mother in law) of (names). Cherished (grandfather/grandmother) of (names). Funeral details to be advised in (day/tomorrows/later) edition of the (Courier Mail/newspaper appearing).


HOLLANDS John Raymond of Thornlands aged 90 years passed away (peacefully/suddenly) on 32nd January 1908. Funeral details to be advised in (day/tomorrows/later) edition of the (Courier Mail/newspaper appearing).

After funeral death notice

HOLLANDS John Raymond of Thornlands aged 90 years passed away (peacefully/suddenly) on 23rd January 1908.

Dearly (beloved/loved) or (loved/loving) husband/wife of (Name) much loved (father/mother) and (father in law/mother in law) of (names). Cherished (grandfather/grandmother) of (names). A private funeral was held on (day, date) at (name of church, chapel, crematorium, cemetery).

Funeral notice 1

HOLLANDS John Raymond of Thornlands aged 90 years.

Dearly (beloved/loved) or (loved/loving) husband/wife of (Name) much-loved (father/mother) and (father-in-law/mother-in-law) of (names).

Cherished (grandfather/grandmother) of (names) loved (brother/sister) and (brother-in-law/sister-in-law) of (names).

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a (Requiem Mass/funeral service) for John, which will be held in the (church/chapel) at (address in full) on (day, date) commencing at (time) to be followed by interment in the (cemetery).

No flowers by request, donations to the QLD Cancer Foundation appreciated. 

Funeral notice 2

HOLLANDS John Raymond of Thornlands.

Relatives and friends of (husband/wife), (children and partners), (grandchildren), (father and mother), (brothers and sisters), (uncles and aunties) are respectfully invited to attend the funeral service for (his/her) late (husband/wife), their (father/mother-in-law), (grandfather/mother), (son/daughter), (brother/sister) and (nephew/niece) John, which will be held in the (name of church/chapel) (address of church/chapel) tomorrow (day), commencing at (time) to be followed by interment in the (name of cemetery). 

Writing a funeral notice

Below is a general guide to writing a funeral notice. Simply fill in the blank spaces with the appropriate wording.

SURNAME (LAST NAME)

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Christian Name/s (First Name/s)

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(Known as (Nickname)

.....................................................................................................................................................

(Nee (Maiden Name)

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late / formerly of

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passed away peacefully / suddenly on (Date)

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at .......................................................................... aged.............. years.

Beloved Wife / Husband of

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Devoted or Dearly Loved Mother / Mother-in law / Father / Father-in law of

.....................................................................................................................................................

Cherished Grandmother / Great-Grandmother / Grandfather / Great-Grandfather of

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Loving Daughter / Daughter-in-law / Son / Son-in-law of

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Loved Sister and Sister-in-law / Brother and Brother-in-law of

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and loved Aunt, Great-Aunt, / Uncle, Great-Uncle of

.....................................................................................................................................................

and their families.

Line of sentiment (if needed) Click here for lines of sentiment examples

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend (First Name)

.........................................................'s

funeral to be held at

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With Service / Prayers / Requiem Mass (for the repose of his / her soul)

commencing at (Time am/pm/midday)

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on (Day and Date)

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followed by

*interment / committal at

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*Private family committal / Service at

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*(No) Funeral Cortege (will travel via South East Freeway)

No flowers by request, Donations (in lieu) to

..................................................................................................................................................... preferred.

Please check the spelling of all names.

For help writing a funeral notice,
call us on 07 3392 9919 day or night, seven days a week.

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