Susan Soper's Blog Posts Tagged 'mothers' (8)

Lessons in Living from the Dearly Departed

Funeral and memorial services can be “by the book” with very little personal input or take-aways for friends and family, but, increasingly, eulogies may include some pointers on moving forward.


Here are some examples of how obituaries and memorial services speak to us and what we can learn.


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A celebration for the life of …


Added by Susan Soper on March 19, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

First Mother's Day without Mom

Rochelle Bozman and son Journalists are great carriers and receivers of information – particularly when it comes to news about each other. We tend to stick together. Facebook has made that even easier to trade information, tidbits, blog postings and personal news whether happy or sad.

Last fall, one of my former colleagues at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution died – a single mom leaving a 10-year-old adopted…


Added by Susan Soper on May 11, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Collards and Caviar: An Obituary with Flair

Ruth Duvall Clark As Mother’s Day approaches, there are lots of children, mothers, sisters, spouses who are missing a woman who meant everything to them. Everything. In many cases, their obituaries probably did not reflect enough about them – their core being – to really illustrate the impact of their lives or the voids they left.

Unfortunately, as the cycle of life proves over and over, there are also…


Added by Susan Soper on May 10, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

It’s Not Just About the Lobster... Remembering Mom on Her Birthday

Each year, as July 25 rolls around, my husband and I begin planning how we are going to celebrate my mother’s birthday with a lobster dinner. In Virginia, my sister does the same thing as does my brother in South Carolina.

Why lobster? Because no one we’ve ever known before or since could pick a lobster cleaner than Suzanne “Hebe” Moeller Soper. She perfected handling of lobster “crackers” and picks to get any and every edible morsel out of the shell. Out of each skinny leg… Continue

Added by Susan Soper on August 1, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Mom-isms that haunt us to this day!

As Mother’s Day approaches each year, I begin to hear my mother’s voice. It’s hovering, haunting – cajoling, reminding, prodding. It’s not particularly loving or sweet or nurturing. In fact, it’s pretty direct. Truth be told, it’s constructive criticism – not always welcome but determined to put me on the right path to adulthood.

"Stand up straight,” she would say, echoing what her mother drummed into her. And she absolutely did have me and my sister parading…


Added by Susan Soper on May 6, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Remembering, Missing and Honoring Mothers

Margaret and Randolph Thrower Sweetbay Magnolia Grove at the Atlanta Botanical Garden Right on the stiletto heels of spring, eye-popping and heady heights of color and bounce – here comes Mother’s Day!

But for those of us without our mothers, even if you are one, it can feel more like a flat-footed event – particularly as Mother’s Day has gained commercial and emotional momentum over the years.

When my mother died, in 1968 at age 45, Mother’s Day was noted with breakfast in bed or by taking some special chores off her plate or by planting a…


Added by Susan Soper on May 3, 2011 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Writing While Dying… Words of Advice from Moms Who Don’t Make It

During my siblings’ annual New Year’s Eve celebration in Bluffton, S.C. several years ago, my brother, Mike, pulled out a tattered, red spiral notebook he had discovered in a box. The distinctive handwriting was unmistakable – our mother’s script, written in a sort of back-slanted, left-handed style unlike any other. The pages were filled with her thoughts, life lessons and musings written about a year before she died at age 45.


My sister Wendy took the notebook…


Added by Susan Soper on January 14, 2011 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

My Mother’s Obituary

My mother’s birthday was July 25. She would have been 87, hard for me to even imagine as she died at age 45 in 1968 – 42 years ago. A whole lifetime ago. So many culture changes ago. So many upheavals ago – none of them, however, as devastating as losing a mother at a young age.

As my avocation is reading and writing obituaries, wanting to always know more about what makes people tick – even when they are no longer ticking – I’ve been thinking about how her…


Added by Susan Soper on August 13, 2010 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

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