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It is wise to pre-plan what will be said about you in an obituary. This is particularly so because of the emotions survivors will be dealing with and the short time frame required to get the obituary into the newspaper.  When it comes time, only last details will have to be completed.

You can write the obituary yourself, ask a relative or friend to do it, or hire a professional obituary writer.

An obituary should tell the story of your life. The more interesting the title of the obituary, the more likely the local newspaper will run it. It should not include your residence address or date of birth.

Store your Obituary in an easy to access location and give a copy to the relatives and/or friends who will be in charge of your funeral arrangements.

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NOTE: Unless an obituary obit runs in the paid obituary section, it is likely that a reporter will edit the obituary that is submitted to the newspaper. You can post a complete obituary (with photos and possibly even video) online at such web sites as offsite link or offsite link. Obituaries etc can also be posted on websites of family, friends or the funeral home. Obituaries can also be printed out and distributed to mourners at the funeral or mailed to people who don't make it to the funeral.


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