Another morbid funeral question: Is it "understood" that when an obituary says someone died "surrounded by his/her loving family" that the mourners may or may not have been present around the deathbed? [more inside]
Is there some service where I can set up an alert that will tell me if a death notice is posted for a certain name? Assume I know the cities/newspapers in which such a notice would likely be posted. [more inside]
With the departure of Gabriel Garcia, there has been a plethora of obituaries to make his passing. I've been reading many of them and am pretty intrigued by the life he lived. I remember reading an obituary of Svetlana Alliuyeva which recounted probalby one of the most interesting and epic lives I've ever read about. Miles Davis obituary had probably the coolest (pun intended) headline "Miles Davis, Trumpeter, Dies; Jazz Genius, 65, Defined Cool". What are the most interesting obituaries you've read and that have stayed with you throughout the years.
Should I write guidelines for my obituary? [more inside]
Preparing a parent's obit in advance: Morbid? Wise? Avoiding a part of the healing process? [more inside]
I recently saw an obituary for a previous employer's father. Is it inappropriate to use this situation to re-establish contact? [more inside]
I am not English and am trying to understand if The Economist's Osama Bin Laden obituary should be read as serious and humanizing or tongue-in-cheek humorous. [more inside]
Book-finder filter: trying to locate a novel that included this weird, probably invented, practice of old newspaper obituaries: the stock portrait of the deceased person is altered to darken the pupils. Intention was to cancel out the reflection from the eyes. Does this sound familiar to anyone? I've tried searching Gale, Google, and the mssg. board on the Thanatos Archives. [more inside]
What really awesome people should I learn about before they die? Inspired by my frustrations with this post(and others) on the blue. [more inside]
How best to suggest an obituary to the NYTimes? [more inside]
What happens if somebody lies in an obituary? [more inside]
I found a neat antique book, and now I've tracked down its old owner. He's dead. Should I offer to give it to his children? [more inside]
MySpace question (which, forgive me, is probably easy to answer but I'm in a bit of a crisis): is there a way to send a message to ALL of one user's friends OR can you suggest a way to quickly contact many users about a funeral/memorial service? [more inside]
Earlier this year, my cousin shot himself. I'd been estranged from him for several years, but we used to be close. How do I go about getting information about his death and about the last few years of his life? [more inside]
If my maternal grandfather was my (alleged?) great-grandfather's biological son, why would his last name be different from both of his parents'? [more inside]
A member of my community has recently died from cancer. I offered to design an invitation for his wake and could use some guidance. [more inside]
I know someone's date of birth, date of death, the U.S. state they died in (Washington) -- but not the county -- and their SSN. How do I find out what happened to them? [more inside]
Looking for an obituary for an acquanitence that passed away on May 5, 2006 in Minervaplein (Holland, Europe).
Looking for an obituary for an acquanitence that passed away on May 5, 2006 in Minervaplein (Holland, Europe). [more inside]
Has Carlos Fuentes' daughter died?
Are newspaper obituaries always provided by the family, or in the event where one has no family, are there people who write them? If so, does anyone have any experience or second hand stories concerning writing them? [more inside]
Is there a way, without constant human intervention, to (1) mine either Google News, Yahoo News, or the AP for new obituaries and (2) drop the name, age, blurb, and URL into a database? [more inside]