How to List In-laws in Obituary

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Including In-laws in an Obituary

Here’s a guide to help you decide when and how to include in-laws.

Deciding to Include In-laws

  • Close Family Connections: If the in-laws had a significant relationship with the deceased, it may be appropriate to list them.
  • Deceased’s Wishes: Consider what the deceased person would have wanted, including them, if it reflects their life and connections.
  • Standard Survivor List: In-laws might be included in the standard list of survivors depending on obituary guidelines.

How to Mention In-laws

  • List of Family Members: In-laws can be listed along with immediate family members and blood relatives, specifying the terms of their relationship.
  • Spouse’s First Name: When mentioning the spouse, it might be fitting to include the full name of the deceased in-law.
  • Previous Marriage: If there was a close relationship with in-laws of a prior marriage, they could be included.

Additional Considerations

  • Space Constraints: Local newspapers may have limited print space, so decide based on importance and length.
  • Obituary Etiquette: Consult with the funeral home or funeral director for guidance on including in-laws as per obituary etiquette.
  • Examples: For clarity, you may refer to obituary examples that include in-laws, ensuring that you follow the basic rules of obituary writing.

Including in-laws in an obituary is not common, but it can add a special touch that highlights the interconnectedness of family. It’s a decision that requires thought, consideration of the deceased’s life and wishes, and a balance with standard practices.

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