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Dads' Words of Wisdom Never Die

Not a day goes by that I don’t think about or even quote some of my dad’s best advice:If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours: A sure-fire way to engage with loved ones or strangers.Be on time and dressed to play: This served me well as a young reporter whether I was going out with…See More
Jun 13
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Stories on the Gravesites

The media coverage of Memorial Day was, as always, filled with poignant images of loved ones and friends visiting grave sites of veterans who gave their lives for our country. It is always moving to see them salute, place flowers, tidy the sites, pray, smooth headstones with their hands and sometimes even speak to the…See More
Jun 4
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Travel Histories Often Shared in Obituaries

The end of school, graduations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, June wedding honeymoons and family vacations all signal the beginning of our traditional summer travel season. There is fun in the planning and prep as well as the journey and the final destination.Some of these trips take on particular, poignant or…See More
May 19
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Hats off to Mickey Easterling for Her Flamboyant Funeral

Clothes are often mentioned in obituaries – as in “clothes horse,” “favorite dress,” “designed and sewed beautifully,” “fashion driven,” etc. – but rarely does the word “hat” appear in the very first sentence.The Nola.com/The Times-Picayune obit for a patron and party-giver was topped off like this: “Mickey Easterling, 83, a…See More
May 2
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A Lively Book About Death

A variation of the question Kate Sweeney most often gets goes something like this: “What’s a nice girl like you doing writing a book about death?”Sweeney, a young Atlanta author and public radio producer, has just come out with a book called American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning (The University of…See More
Apr 25
Susan Soper posted a blog post

A Lively Book About Death

A variation of the question Kate Sweeney most often gets goes something like this: “What’s a nice girl like you doing writing a book about death?”Sweeney, a young Atlanta author and public radio producer, has just come out with a book called American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning (The University of…See More
Apr 25
 

Celebrating Life with Obituaries

Susan Soper

Susan Soper is the founder and author of ObitKit®, A Guide to Celebrating Your Life. She began her long career in journalism at Newsday, the Long Island paper, as a researcher in the Washington Bureau where she contributed to The Heroin Trail, a Pulitzer prize-winning series. As a reporter in New York, she wrote news and features while covering cultural affairs and personalities. Returning to Atlanta by way of Hilton Head, S.C., she was a writer for CNN before becoming the Features Editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. While there, she launched a series called, "Living with Grief," shortly after her father died. Susan's interests include travel, hiking, reading, the arts and people (dead and alive). She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Bo Holland.

ObitKit®, A Guide to Celebrating Your Life
If you’ve ever faced the “Now what?” questions that come when someone dies, you know the value of knowing how to proceed:

• How do you want to be remembered?
• What are the accurate details to highlight in the death notice?
• What kind of service, music, readings suits you?

ObitKit® allows you to personalize the obituary process while creating a written legacy to leave family and friends.

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When a Former Spouse Dies

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 2:09pm 1 Comment

I recently received an email from a friend with a link to an obituary. As an obit writer with a deep-but- not-dark interest in both people – dead and alive – and death (until it happens to me), I get these emails all the time. Many of them I’ve written about on a variety of legacy.com pages.

This one however, was unique to me: It was about a former husband of mine who had just died in Houston.

I was not shocked exactly, as I knew he had been in poor health for at least a…

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Dads' Words of Wisdom Never Die

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Not a day goes by that I don’t think about or even quote some of my dad’s best advice:

  • If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours: A sure-fire way to engage with loved ones or…
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Stories on the Gravesites

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 11:46am 0 Comments

The media coverage of Memorial Day was, as always, filled with poignant images of loved ones and friends visiting grave sites of veterans who gave their lives for our country. It is always moving to see them salute, place flowers, tidy the sites, pray, smooth headstones with their…

Continue

Travel Histories Often Shared in Obituaries

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 10:28am 0 Comments

The end of school, graduations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, June wedding honeymoons and family vacations all signal the beginning of our traditional summer travel season. There is fun in the planning and prep as well as the journey and the final…

Continue

Hats off to Mickey Easterling for Her Flamboyant Funeral

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Clothes are often mentioned in obituaries – as in “clothes horse,” “favorite dress,” “designed and sewed beautifully,” “fashion driven,” etc. – but rarely does the word “hat” appear in the very first sentence.

The Nola.com/The Times-Picayune obit…

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At 2:02pm on July 7, 2012, John Hipple said…
A great tribute to Nora Ephron, Susan. What I'll miss... The sound of squeaky sneakers on a basketball court--any court. The end of a round of golf on a hot afternoon. New places. Longtime friends. Sister Ann.
At 8:43pm on January 16, 2012, Kristina Pentecost said…

Hi Susan;

I just joined the group today and I thought you would be helpful in my situation.  I was adopted as an infant and my adoptive father just passed away on Dec. 1, 2011.  I was "deleted" from the obit by the rest of the biological family.

I was born as an addicted baby and almost died.  This left me with disabilities that I struggle to overcome on a daily basis, but with a little help and a lot of encouragement and compassion from friends and in-laws (I got married 2 yrs. ago) I have been doing well in life.  They have been an encouragement to me with their positive reinforcement, which is a whole lot more productive than in finger-pointing  and criticism, which I had experienced all my life. 

Despite having knowledge of my disabilities, the family who adopted me made demands of me that I was never able to attain and because I didn't "measure up" to those expectations, they declared me as a  disappointment, as though I were deliberately trying to "hurt" them.

Two Christmases ago, they wrote me off. I tried to visit my dad in the hospital before he passed away, but was not permitted to do so by his biological family.  The grief of his death has been made more profound by this rejection, by not being included in the obituary in the paper, and by having been banned from attending the funeral.  The family told me that as far as they're concerned I am dead to them.  

~*Kristina*~

 

At 1:44pm on May 10, 2011, Carl Mathis said…

Hey Susan, just stopping by to say be encourage, You are in my prayers, be bless and have a wonderful day.

 

Carl

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