There are many documented cases of couples dying together, or within a few days of each other, of natural causes. A person who has lost a spouse recently may pass away shortly after. Those who spend their lives together are more likely to be together if an unfortunate accident occurs, like a car crash.
Dying of a broken heart is possible, when grief takes away the will to live from someone who has lost their life partner. Though it's uncommon, this seems to occur in cases of couples who have been married for a long time. However, another possible example of this was the death of Carrie Fisher, followed by the death of her mother Debbie Reynolds just days later. These kinds of deaths are shocking, but happen more frequently than you might expect.
When a couple who has been together for decades die within days or weeks of each other, survivors may wish to write a joint obituary in their honor. Surviving children of married parents who have recently passed often want to know how to craft a life story that adequately pays tribute to the lives of both and their special union. In this article, we will explore ways to write a joint obituary as a tribute to a couple who has passed away.
Writing an obituary is a complex and emotionally fraught experience, especially for first-time or infrequent writers. There are many articles on Beyond the Dash that can help you understand the basics of writing a simple or creative obituary. Consult these resources to understand what's generally expected of an obituary:
The difficulty in writing a joint obituary in honor of your parents is ensuring that the two individuals are both honored for their separate accomplishments, while also paying tribute to their strong relationship.
A joint obituary isn't always the most appropriate tribute for a couple who has passed. This kind of life story works well when:
If one or more of these apply, a joint tribute to a pair who has passed can be a very meaningful way to honor them. There are emotional and practical benefits to a joint obituary:
Writing one obituary for two doesn't have to be complicated, but the final story needs to be clear. Writing in a fairly a traditional obituary format, with biographical details, survivors, predecessors, funeral arrangements and charitable donations, it's simple to weave the story together by section. Using a back-and-forth format, you can ultimately weave the story together with the meeting of the couple, and then relate the story in a unified way going forward.
When two people who were deeply connected pass away, those who knew them mourn doubly. Writing a joint obituary can help the living acknowledge the wonderful relationship the deceased experienced in their lives. Their lives and deaths were connected in inseparable ways, and the obituary can reflect this important part of the story.
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