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How To Write an Obituary: Who?


How to Write an Obituary: Who? The obvious person to write an Obituary about is the departed loved one.
But, what about a relative or a close friend who has developed an ultimately fatal illness? Or, consider the very elderly. For example, my uncle died recently at 103. All of these situations create different people to write about and it affects when to create the Obituary.
If you have an aging loved one, working with that person in advance could draw you closer to him or her. Think of the times together talking and for you maybe hearing the old stories for the first time. While Interviewing your loved one imagine the details of the life which perhaps havn’t been spoken of for years. Preparing in advance by gathering the information from which an Obituary will be written, could play out as wonderful for all of those involved.
And an Obituary could be about yourself. The final product could be understood and information gathered and recorded in print, audio or video over the years. Think of the way knowing what you want written might help direct of guide your steps along the way. It could become a back burner road map.


How to Write an Obituary: Who? The departed loved one is mentioned, as it’s about them, as stated. But one life affects many lives. So, in the publishing we can see the names of relatives, alive and deceased. When they are alive, they’re often listed as survivors. For correct listing on both survivor’s and on relations who’ve died, check out the book: How To Write an Obituary Workbook:

Chapter 7: Love, Marriage, Children & Geneaology

Chapter 8: Origins

For more information on bringing in work associates, friends and family, check out How To Write an Obituary Workbook and specifically these chapters:

Chapter 13: Accomplishments

Chapter 14: Hobbies & Interests

Chapter 17: Quotes

Chapter 18: Create & Liven the Obit

The book offers several places where those close to the person written about can be added in a way that enhances the Obituary and them.


How to Write an Obituary: Who? The family usually decides who will write the Obituary. Once that’s done, the writer can assign others to help with interviews in order to create a proper publishing. In the book: How To Write an Obituary Workbook, look at these chapters for help with “How to Interview” and with who’s involved in creating the Obituary:

Chapter 8: Origins

Chapter 13: Accomplishments

Chapter 15: Motivation

Chapter 16: Personal Style

Chapter 18: Create & Liven the Obit

Based upon the books text, you can find adequate information to guide you and your loved one’s along the way.


How to Write an Obituary: Who? How To Write an Obituary WORKBOOK —Enhancing the Story, Embracing Genealogy & Recent History —the Family Tree, shares many things which can be served now and later by the published article. The books currently available on for purchase inexpensively. It’a available for Kindle, computer, pad or phone.


How to Write an Obituary: Who? As a writing coach, and as a MAC user with a One-to-One account, I received a lot of help from Apple on formatting this book for publication. Certainly wherever you are, utilize your resources.

And, if you want to write our Dallas Writer’s Group meets the second and fourth Wednesday evenings. Check it out.


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Stories Online and Free Tips for Writing and Videoing Your Story, Expert Interviews and Online help from retired True Story Producer Janna Longfellow Hughes.

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