By Sebastien Wilcox for Memorial Post
Much like life, death is a rite of passage. As such, writing about a loved one’s passing is probably the single most important thing you never thought about doing. And here’s 5 reasons why that’s a good thing.
Reason #1. Professionals are just that: professional.
Even our friends at Webster, Oxford, Google and Wikipedia tend to remarkably agree on how best to define the true professional. Which is “a person engaged and qualified in a specific activity as one’s main occupation, rather than a pastime.” This is the opposite of amateur, rookie, newbie, bush-leaguer, beginner, dabbler and I’m not a writer, but.…
Professionals put customer satisfaction first. They over-deliver without ever over-promising. They communicate effectively. They follow exceptional guiding principles and they never, ever make anything merely good enough. They make things great. Don’t let a bush-leaguer write a loved one’s obituary or you’ll be sorrier than a dinner guest after eating the newbie chef’s blowfish.
Reason #2. Writers can write, right?
One of the main issues with a non-professional writing an obituary is that it can get long-winded rather quickly because not everyone that necessarily writes understands the importance of sentence structure and as result a lot of detail and subtleties tend to get lost and readers tend to get a little frustrated when they don’t know when a sentence starts or ends or when a point is trying to be made like for instance if there was a need to emphasize that subtleties tend to get lost you’d never know it unless you were a naysayer but that’s highly doubtful though who are we to say and what do we know besides the fact that periods or colons or semi colons and heck that even commas tend to go missing when a non-professional writes about the passing of a loved one and we’ll ask you this is this the best way to celebrate that loved one’s life and we’re phonetically going up on life because we’re trying to make a point without using a question mark and hopefully that point is clearer than the rest of this run-on sentence amateurs obituary writers call a paragraph
Reason #3. Lights, camera, act like this is not going to suck.
Professionals have a way with words. That’s why, more often than not, the book is better than the movie. It’s no different when it comes to commemorating the life of a loved one. Besides it’s unlikely that you’ll have enough budget set aside to give Hollywood a call. And even if you somehow did, the movie still has a good chance of being as awful and as disastrous as 2004’s Alexander – which was the biopic for Alexander The Great. More like Alexander The Yikes.
Reason #4. Life is not a dress rehearsal. Neither is death.
Never, ever, ever, ever and let’s add a fourth ever let your grief get in the way of telling an epic life story about your loved one. Saying goodbye will not only help with grieving, but it’ll help with remembering, too. And as far as we can tell, rain checks don’t really play out so well with this whole obituary thing. Trust us on that one.
Reason #5. We regretfully announce the passing of the typical death notice.
There’s something quite familiar about newspaper obituaries. Maybe it’s because the newspaper staff writer will take a death notice passed on from the funeral director, and will force-fit a slightly edited version of that same death notice into a 3.5-column x 2.5 column of coffin-like space. It’s no secret that newspapers are dying a slow, painful death across all parts of the world. And even less of a secret that the new generation has as much use for a newspaper as they do record players. Oh, hang on a sec, terrible comparison. But the gist, and there is a gist, is that the antiquated death notice has had a good, long run. Long live the celebration of life, and the professionals that make them so.