How to write an obituary with two marriages

3 years, 7 months ago

Hi – My father passed and I’m writing his obituary. I read other threads about listing spouses & children from more than 1 marriage – that’s helpful but not my exact question. In the obituary section about his life “timeline” I want to mention his first marriage and his second marriage – but I can’t figure out how to “delicately” manage the transition from the divorce of his first wife to marriage of his second wife. Can you help? (a few context comments: the first wife passed years ago, the second wife is still alive (though they divorced as well) & all the siblings (from both marriages) get along & agree that both marriages should be acknowledged in the obit). Thanks

Jennifer Lane
3 years, 7 months ago

For the timeline of your father’s life, I would simply list the marriages (the year and to who), but not the divorces. For example:

“He married Sarah Smith in 19XX and… In 19XX, he married Jane Jones….”

I hope that is helpful to you. Please also accept our condolences on the loss of your father.

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