Spend Time with Memories
Remember your favorite times with the person about whom you are writing. What did you love most about them? What were things that made you laugh, that made you angry, that made you proud? Think also of what they treasured; did they have any hobbies? Did they keep a particular cause close to their heart?
Talk to Others
You are not the only person whose life and heart were touched by this person; consider reaching out to other family members and friends who might have something they would love to share. Beyond giving you inspiration for the obituary, this is a wonderful way to get to know more about your deceased loved one.
Write Everything Down
Before thinking about structure or form, throw down all of these wonderful memories and facts that you have gathered. This can be as simple as key words that strike a memory or as organized as a bulleted list.