Choosing a photo to go with an obituary is really a matter of personal preference. Many people choose a recent photo (taken within the last 5 years) for their loved one’s obituary.
Others choose a favorite photo from their loved one’s past – maybe a high school graduation photo, a wedding photo, a military photo, etc. It’s really up to you and your family. Some people choose their own obituary photo and leave it in their estate planning documents. Check to see if your loved one did this.
Remember, when published in a newspaper, obituary photos are typically small. If you want people to recognize your loved one, look for a photograph that clearly shows your loved one’s face (often called a head shot).
Click here for more tips on writing your loved one’s obituary or you can download our Obit Kit.