Susan Soper's Blog – May 2012 Archive (4)

Long Live Brown Dog

Last year for Memorial Day, I celebrated the life of Staff Sergeant Ryan Patman Means who lost his best friend on 9/11, joined the U.S. Army, received his Green Beret and served his country in Iraq until cancer cut his life tragically short two years ago – just days after the birth of his second daughter in a hospital across the street from where he was being treated for bile duct…


Added by Susan Soper on May 27, 2012 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Obits Aren’t Just for People

Cats forever (Flickr Creative Commons/kevin dooley) I’ve been noticing more pets being mentioned among the survivors in recent obituaries and have also become aware that some papers (most of them in small towns) are running pet obituaries among their paid obituary notices. In their how-to templates they offer guidelines for what to include in an obituary for an animal friend: cause of death, favorite memories, where to send condolences, who to list among survivors (including blood relatives).


There are also many…


Added by Susan Soper on May 18, 2012 at 12:00pm — 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

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