Thursday, October 28, 2010

My two bits on obits

For years I’ve read the obituaries in local newspapers all over the country. Having made my living for some time as a writer specializing in the personal profile, I’ve often wondered:
Why aren’t obituaries more interesting? Why are they generally preoccupied with details concerning those left behind? Often, an obituary is the only time the name of the deceased has ever appeared in the paper. Why, then, should the departed one not be given his or her due?
As I’ve learned in writing about the living: Everyone’s life is a story.
The dead should be honored, just for having lived. Creating a compelling obituary – telling one’s story concisely but elegantly – is an act of justice.