services & pricing
You may sign up and pay here on the website. The fee is $300.
You will receive a questionnaire by email right away. It will help me with the particulars of your loved one’s life and it will help you to remember some of your favorite stories about him or her. When you return the questionnaire, I’ll follow up with two phone interviews to hear more stories and memories of your loved one, and to clarify any details from the questionnaire.
You will then receive a completed obituary at your preferred length. Normally, I can deliver an obituary within 48 hours from the time I receive your questionnaire.
Remember that if you choose to publish your obituary in a newspaper, you will usually need to pay an additional fee to the paper, which is often based on word count. So you may want to inquire with the newspaper about that cost before you send me your desired word count.
For some people, writing their own obituary is an exercise in reflection. It can be helpful and even fun to process what is important to you. For others, it’s a way to become more comfortable with the inevitability of death. And for still others it’s a way to make sure your obituary accurately represents you how you want to be remembered.
I will work with you one-on-one to create an honest and meaningful story of your own life. Asking some of the same questions I ask loved ones while writing obituaries, I will help you gather your crucial information and tell your essential stories, blending them into a portrait that captures the best of you.
For this work, I charge $45 an hour, with most living obituaries coming together in eight hours or less. Please contact me if you are interested.
eulogies & speeches
In addition to writing obituaries, I am available to write eulogies and other speeches, including toasts, presentations, and talks. Read a eulogy I wrote here.
For this work, I charge $45 an hour. Please contact me if you are interested.