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Professional Obituary Writing

By: Li Ora

Obituary writing is often a deeply moving experience. People assume that obituary writing is sad and depressing, and sometimes it is, though, obituary writing is an art, it is more than a regular beat. Obituary writing is a job that requires the best journalistic skills and a deep sense of compassion. Most professional obituary writers will tell you that obituary writing is an honor, a privilege, and great fun. Journalist who, at their first days spend their time writing nothing but death notices, are still think obituary writing is the most rigorous training a young reporter can have. Very interesting is that there are young writers going into the obituary field, people with wit and skills

Having death before our eyes never allows us to take life for granted. Death is a mystery we can never comprehend; we can only grieve and mourn the loss of the people we love and in that grieving come closer together. Now there is a devoted worldwide following of obituary fans who pore over deaths of everyone from celebrities to philanthropists to ordinary people. Obits sell papers. If an interesting 'important' person dies, it will be on the newspapers (it might get in without details of the death), but if you are 'nobody', forget it… Any how by the next issue the death will be old news, but not to mention the loss would be unthinkable

There is several kind of obituary writing. Newspaper obits are written by staff writers, while 'death announcements' are written by family members, and are paid-for. There is also paid obituary services- Obituaries Professionally Written. It is an obituary-writing service that provides custom obituaries for three groups of people:

1. Those wanting their final story written before death as part of pre-planning and end-of-life arrangements

2. Family members of the deceased needing professionally written death announcements or obituaries to honor his or her loved ones

3. Newspaper editors wishing to publish feature-story, biographical obituaries for anyone who dies in the community.

Each story in Obit is a miniature biography, focusing on achievements rather than on the gory details of death. And while it is not revolutionary to write about dead people—there is something morbidly fascinating about death that will always make for readable text—it is quite a novel idea to bring them into such public light. As it turns out, so is death.

An obituary is the story of a life, not a death. Obituary journalist try to prepare for the eventual death of a person by writing the biography material, sometimes interviewing the subject, and talking with people who know them, though sometimes questions don't get answered or the date of death is beyond their deadline.

In most metropolitan areas, hardly a day passes without the deaths of a few leading citizens whose lives are worth recalling. In most cases, not even in death does it take the time and effort to dwell on noteworthy careers, selfless service, dedicated philanthropy, brilliant invention, artistic genius. Magazines call it 'lives well lived' deserve, at death, to be well covered.

Writing an obituary can be a formidable task. One of the most important aspects of obituary writing is, like the constant reminder of human mortality in art, culture and prayer, is intended to prepare people for the inevitability of death, and promote awareness of the art of dying well. Therefore obits generally do not state the cause of death. (Cause of death, if it's omitted, it may also be out of sensitivity to the family of course). Usually, though, there's no cause of death given for 'ordinary people' because the obit writer hasn't been provided with one, and the person isn't 'important' enough for the desk to tell them to dig one up. Cause of death is usually the result of an autopsy, which is not done before the funeral in most cases.

In small newspapers, where so much is preserved, the art of obituary writing is still practiced with a passion. The writer isn't limited to writing a three-paragraph summary of a person's life followed by a list of survivors; obits these days can be long captions under photographs, front-page news stories, or 1,000-word feature articles about the deceased and the impact he had on the world.

Obits sell papers! It turns out that obituaries help sell newspapers Obituaries have been refined over the years. When we talk about writing obits it is the craft of capturing a reality in a way that engages the interest of the readers and helps them associate their experience and lives with the lives of other members of humanity. A good obit evokes emotion and gives the reader a sense of the subject's character. The question facing the obituary writer is how to capture the essence of the subject in a tight and timely format. If you read the obit and find things you didn't know about the person, then the obit writer has done his job well.

Obit writers generally show respect for the deceased by using courtesy. Most creative writing being done in journalism today is the form of the obituary- the specific ways in which the writer used language to make the case within the constraints of normal obituary language use. Although obituary writers are always looking for compelling and inspiring stories to tell about how people lived their lives, when family members of the deceased needing professionally written obituaries, the hardest part of professional obituary writing is disappointing a family in some way by not being able to either run the obituary of a loved one or causing a mistake to appear in an obituary.

People love reading the obituary features each day. Obits sell papers. People will die whether we write an obit or not, but to be able to use words to memorialize their life is something special. Too many treat the obit page as a depressing burden, or at best a place to mention a lot of names to please a lot of readers. Well, magazines and newspapers are defiantly showing that obits can be as instructive as other journalism

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About The Author, Li Ora

Li Ora specializes in article marketing and writes for various ezines and web sites. Find more examples at
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