Ordinary People Frozen in Time

Ordinary People Frozen in Time

A.L. Wix was just ordinary people—one of those regular chaps who schlep through life showing up, working hard, and trying to do right by their families. Here’s an excerpt from Mr. Wix’s obituary, written by George B. Ellis and published 100 years ago today in the Butler Weekly Times and the Bates County Record, in Columbia, Missouri. Just a normal bloke, frozen for all time in the digital ether.

Obituary Clichés: What to Say Instead

Obituary Clichés: What to Say Instead

A few years back, I wrote a magazine piece that the editor criticized for containing too many clichés. The new opening sentence in his edited version began with “Tall, leggy blondes…” Turns out it’s tough to write without using clichés—shopworn,...
Writing about Smells in an Obituary

Writing about Smells in an Obituary

Image credit Image courtesy of Aqua Mechanical, Orem, Utah. Licensed under Creative Commons. Steaming waffles. Dana Brown Safari coffee. Zest soap. Petunias. Cool, wet grass. Firewood. Those are some of the scents and smells I associate with my grandmother. If I were...
Virtual Memorial Websites and Apps

Virtual Memorial Websites and Apps

List and Comparison of Virtual Memorial Cost and Features If you anticipate a death in the family or if you’re in the funeral business, you might find it useful to have a list of virtual memorial/digital memorial/digital afterlife/end-of-life websites and apps....