Therefore, those obituaries to be published in media and those scripts for memorials are defaulting into assignments for those of us in Ghostwriting and Speechwriting.
However, there is also a surging confidence in society about establishing a unique tone and content for both kinds of communications. That's why it's imperative to ask clients what they really want, listen, ask questions, and check that we got it right.
For example, now obits open up the people who have died rather than reducing them to data. One recent obit about a disabled adult referred to her as always a special person in the family. It joyfully recounted her one-fourth of a century living independently with her companion. That was a mutual victory that both could navigate that relationship.
Memorials have become multi-media. Often there is the video prepared by the desceased before passing over. There's the deceased favorite music. Just-in-time graphics depict the ethos of the human being. That could be a symbol of their values.
And not all is positive. A rabbi in Pittsburgh noted that the man had not been easy to get along with. But that, of course, is not necessarily the measure of a life. In Jersey City, New Jersey, one woman who bore witness talked about how the deceased and she were supposed to heal their relationship but time hadn't been on their side.
The entire memorial process can be put on video. That can be posted on Facebook, YouTube, and blogs. An e-book can be published with the testimonials, graphics, and links to the audio. In time, a micro memoir can be produced.