Most obituaries end with a list of surviving family members. When listing the surviving family members, use this format: full name of family member, his or her spouse’s name in parentheses, and city of residence.

For example: He is survived by his 2 daughters: Katy Smith (Kevin) of Adel, Iowa, and Sherie Barker (Steve Ford) of Des Moines, Iowa.

Begin with the most immediate family members. Follow this order: parents, spouse/partner, children, siblings, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Depending on your family’s size and the deceased’s wishes, you may include other relatives.

If you need help writing an obituary, visit the How to Write a Good Obituary page or purchase our Obituary Kit.


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