Susan Soper
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • United States
Share Twitter
  • Ask the Experts (55)
  • Discussions
  • Events
  • Grief Support Groups
  • Photos
  • Photo Albums

Susan Soper's Friends

  • Karon Tarletsky
  • JESSICA LYNN HEPNER
  • Jo Brown
  • Diane Milligan
  • jane kimbrell
  • Kristina Pentecost
  • Hillary
  • Michelle Cox
  • Theresa Sweaney
  • elyse
  • Carl Mathis
  • Laurie Ross
  • Lorie
  • Tricia McLaughlin
  • Deirdre Geary-Cordova

Latest Activity

Susan Soper's blog post was featured

Selfies on the Obituary Page

A couple of recent obituaries have received widespread notice online and in the media. One, for an actor, was so low-key it was almost unrecognizable; the other was so quirky its subject was unmistakable.What they shared in common was they were both first-person obits.That’s not so unusual these days as people are taking charge of their end-of-life activities and their deaths just as they oversaw their lives. That includes those who want their obituaries to be life-and-letter perfect, making…See More
Apr 2
Susan Soper posted a blog post

Selfies on the Obituary Page

A couple of recent obituaries have received widespread notice online and in the media. One, for an actor, was so low-key it was almost unrecognizable; the other was so quirky its subject was unmistakable.What they shared in common was they were both first-person obits.That’s not so unusual these days as people are taking charge of their end-of-life activities and their deaths just as they oversaw their lives. That includes those who want their obituaries to be life-and-letter perfect, making…See More
Apr 1
Liz Schwarzhoff liked Susan Soper's blog post Be My Valentine: Love and Romance in Obituaries
Mar 27
Susan Soper's blog post was featured

Be My Valentine: Love and Romance in Obituaries

Among the survivors, obituaries usually mention the spouse, whether the “devoted wife,” “adoring husband,” “the loyal husband” or the “love of his/her life.” Occasionally, though, careful obituary readers will find poignant “valentines” or little love stories almost buried in the litany of jobs, accomplishments and hobbies.…See More
Feb 11
Susan Soper posted a blog post

Be My Valentine: Love and Romance in Obituaries

Among the survivors, obituaries usually mention the spouse, whether the “devoted wife,” “adoring husband,” “the loyal husband” or the “love of his/her life.” Occasionally, though, careful obituary readers will find poignant “valentines” or little love stories almost buried in the litany of jobs, accomplishments and hobbies.…See More
Feb 11
Susan Soper's blog post was featured

Obituaries 2.0: Today's Death Notices Sometimes Take Nontraditional Approaches

The new year brings a clean slate and with that comes a new outlook on how to fill that slate. As with everything in our fast-moving, quick-change world, anything related to death, dying, obituaries and grieving is up for updates, nontraditional approaches and ways of dealing with all the emotions that come with loss.Children…See More
Jan 31
Susan Soper posted a blog post

Obituaries 2.0: Today's Death Notices Sometimes Take Nontraditional Approaches

The new year brings a clean slate and with that comes a new outlook on how to fill that slate. As with everything in our fast-moving, quick-change world, anything related to death, dying, obituaries and grieving is up for updates, nontraditional approaches and ways of dealing with all the emotions that come with loss.Children…See More
Jan 31
TCGOODWIN commented on Susan Soper's blog post Food, Friends, and Non-Stop Talk... Death Cafes Are Alive and Well
"Reading the blog post about "Death Café" . I do agree that advance directives and wills should be discussed prior to death. I also strongly believe that one should discuss cremation vs traditional burial.  Thanks Janet for…"
Jan 27
 

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.

Susan Soper's Blog

Selfies on the Obituary Page

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 1:14pm 0 Comments

A couple of recent obituaries have received widespread notice online and in the media. One, for an actor, was so low-key it was almost unrecognizable; the other was so quirky its subject was unmistakable.

What they shared in common was they were both first-person obits.

That’s not so unusual these days as people are taking charge of their end-of-life activities…

Continue

Be My Valentine: Love and Romance in Obituaries

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Among the survivors, obituaries usually mention the spouse, whether the “devoted wife,” “adoring husband,” “the loyal husband” or the “love of his/her life.” Occasionally, though, careful obituary readers will find poignant “valentines” or little love stories almost buried in the…

Continue

Obituaries 2.0: Today's Death Notices Sometimes Take Nontraditional Approaches

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

The new year brings a clean slate and with that comes a new outlook on how to fill that slate. As with everything in our fast-moving, quick-change world, anything related to death, dying, obituaries and grieving is up for updates, nontraditional approaches and ways…

Continue

Writing an Obituary With Help From Ralph Waldo Emerson

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Each New Year many of us start thinking about resolutions: Lose weight and gain insight, spend less and save more, clean closets or drawers (I did that last year, well more than 100 of them – they add up!), work less – or maybe more, exercise your body or your rights.

Increasingly joining that list is the resolve to write down – or at least talk about – end-of-life wishes and to leave directives for friends…

Continue

Expressions of Gratitude in Obituaries

Posted on November 28, 2013 at 9:00am 0 Comments

Over the past year, there have been an inordinate number of people on my radar – neither family nor very close friends, but certainly in my life – who will not be at their Thanksgiving tables this year. I suspect that’s true of many others. The empty chairs serve as reminders of the beloved souls – young, old, healthy,…

Continue

Comment Wall (3 comments)

You need to be a member of Grief Support at LegacyConnect to add comments!

Join Grief Support at LegacyConnect

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

Profile Information

 
 
 

Latest Activity

melody miehl left a comment for Patricia Henschel
2 hours ago
Marie left a comment for Elvira Castellanos
4 hours ago
Diane Hood posted a status
"It's Easter weekend, the holidays come and go and without you their just not the same....Love and Miss you.....Mommy"
4 hours ago
Patricia Henschel and melody miehl are now friends
5 hours ago

Members

Community

Please be respectful of others. For more information, read our Community Guidelines.

Badge

Loading…

Follow LegacyConnect

Follow Legacy.com on PinterestFollow @LegacyConnect on TwitterCircle us on Google+

© 2014   Created by Legacy.com.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service