Can we contact obituary writers ahead of time to give them a better idea on what to write, and to pay?
What are some of the most interesting stories you have had the honor of writing?
Is there any piece of wisdom that you have learned from the life stories, that you could share to benefit others?
What got you into this buisness?
I have on occasion written obituaries for family members, usually in a collaborative effort with cousins, aunts, and uncles using a shared document. Assuming we're not going for humor or irreverence, as with the fantastic obituary for Terry Ward, is there a format or template you'd recommend for such (non-celeb) obituaries? What are the elements every obituary should include?
How do you handle writing the obituary of a celebrity with a sorted past?
Have you ever written an obituary for someone that you were close to? A relative, an old flame, high school friend, etc.? Is there a professional obligation not to cover the death of someone you know?
Hi. I’m a former journalist now working in a related field. I am interested in starting a professional obituary writing business (I just joined the Society for Professional Obituary Writers) . I see others have launched similar services. Do you think there is a market for this service? Advice?
Have you ever read Speaker for the Dead?
During the interview process for this position, did you have to submit an obituary writing sample? If so, who did you chose?
What large changes have you seen in the obituary space during your time working in it?
Given that you write celebrity obituaries in advance, what's the longest you've waited (or are currently waiting) between writing the obituary and its publication?