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How to pre-plan an Obituary

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You can write the obituary yourself, pull together the facts for a friend or relative to write, or ask a relative or friend to pull together the facts for you so you can review them.

If you prefer, funeral homes write obituaries for a fee. Professional obituary writers are also available for hire. You can find a professional obituary writer through the Society of Professional Obituary Writers by e mailing to iinfo at obitwriters dot org. It is not necessary for an obituary writer to meet the family face-to-face. The job can be done through emails and phone calls.(You can make the job easier if you record the information in a Word document for easy e mailing.) Fees can range from $50 to $500 or higher, depending on the obit writer. A higher fee does not necessarily indicate a better product. It simply reflects what the writer wants to charge.

If you will be interviewed, Alana Baranick, Director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers, recommends that the interview be recorded on video or audio and that the interview be done in segments. The first should be an overview of the person's life. Subsequent segments could focus on one time period or aspect, such as childhood, career, the war years, love and marriage, hobbies, etc. The interview segments should be transcribed sa Word documents so the information can be emailed to the person who is compiling the obit.

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