It would be difficult to make an obituary private – especially in the case of a notable public figure or celebrity. Because an obituary is an announcement of someone’s death, they are usually searchable on online newspapers and funeral home websites.
Do not write and publish an obituary if you wish it to remain private. Instead, write a nice story about your loved one’s life and personally distribute it to your family and close friends. If you need some help writing an obituary, visit the How to Write a Good Obituary page or purchase our Obituary Kit.