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“Tell Your Last Story: Obituary Writing Ahead of Time”

April 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sooner or later, like it or not, you will be called upon to write an obituary for someone you are close to.  At the Old City Cemetery on April 1, we will get together to talk about writing an obituary which presents the high points of a loved one’s life.  An obituary is the place to get the facts straight since it will become the primary source of information about that person.  A mistake in an obituary is pretty much a mistake forever.  You will be encouraged to gather information for an obituary (including your own) before that project has to be done under stress between death and funeral.

Although there are many ways to write an obituary, some formal, some playful and humorous, some sentimental, the one thing that is important is that the main features of a life are clearly presented.  An unconventional style is fine as long as it does not obscure the facts.  We will be examining what makes an obituary clean and clear.

Although about a serious subject, we are planning a session which we hope will be as much fun as it is useful.

Light refreshments will be served after the workshop!


April 1, 2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Old City Cemetery
(434) 847-1465


Cemetery Center, Edith Lee Reading Room

All events are sponsored by the Southern Memorial Association.

Please contact us for more information about the Old City Cemetery or any of these events.


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