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(Editor & Publisher)   Newspaper has great idea to let families write obituaries for dead loved ones. What could possibly go wrong?   (mediainfo.com ) divider line
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2007-12-20 12:26:12 AM  
I read paid death notices on air at a radio station. Love the stupidity some people will use to get around the word "died".

John Q. Soandso left us for the reign of the Almighty.
Jane Doe leapt into the arms of Sweet Jesus.
Jim Smith was taken into Holy Paradise.
Jeanne Dipshiat moved away from her beloved family to take up new residency beyond the Pearly Gates. Her mansion will be near her Lord and Savior.

Luckily, choking back snickering and choking back tears sound remarkably alike.


/only got the job because of my ability to pronounce Spanish names
//yes, most of the people here are illegals
///wants her obit to read "Meepozoid is currently being digested by worms six feet underneath where you're standing."
 
2007-12-20 12:28:49 AM  
VTSquire: Jumping the Fark
karen angle ...Kurt angle's wife....and since you asked.....


GHEEEEEEEY!

\Not that there's anything wrong with that
\\So long as you admit it
 
2007-12-20 12:29:25 AM  
"Mr. Kline died yesterday, leaving behind a wife, two children, and a spacious three bedroom apartment with a wood burning fireplace."

/not obscure
 
2007-12-20 12:33:30 AM  
Cagey B: I'm torn. On the one hand, I understand the columnist's beef. If somebody wrote my obituary with misplaced apostrophes, spelling errors and homonym difficulties, you'd better believe I'd haunt their ass good.

On the other hand, this seems like one of the few revenue streams left to newspapers, who have been much more insistent about taking the cans out of my trash can in recent months.


You can only place and pay for an obit once. They're dead. But speaking from experience in having to write classifieds for people, among other things, when I worked for a certain newspaper, it's not unheard of to edit obits. Especially if the obit is written by someone with a grudge or has vulgarity. Believe me, people try to put in all sorts of nutty shiat in obits. l337 sp33k is automatically filtered.

Not everything is going to fly. And not every image presented is approved. And not every obit is safe work to read that comes in. Death brings out a certain sort of wierd in people, especially when they want to take out a half page ad for someone and try to stuff it in as a display ad in sports or opinion, in an attempt to dodge filters or find that lazy guy that approves the run of it.

Think Britney Spears and MJ are nuts? You should see some of the shiat that comes down the pipeline. Gypsies selling RVs and horse breeders are probably some of the craziest.
 
2007-12-20 12:50:34 AM  
I came here for ribald jokes about the author's name and was disappointed.
 
2007-12-20 12:56:35 AM  
This was greenlit?

/poster hopes his obit will include 'He was greenlit on Fark one time' but sadly that would be a lie right now.
 
2007-12-20 01:01:18 AM  
meepozoid: wants her obit to read "Meepozoid is currently being digested by worms six feet underneath where you're standing."

Out of the tomb we bring Meepozoid,
Within our bellies, we her chariot.
Here is an eye. And here are, one by one,
The lashes of that eye and its white lid....

IMHO, any money spent on any obituary/death notice for me would be much better spent on making sure there's a metric arseload of booze at the wake.
 
2007-12-20 01:27:17 AM  
He was an hero.
 
2007-12-20 01:27:55 AM  
"any money spent on any obituary/death notice for me would be much better spent on making sure there's a metric arseload of booze at the wake."

Agreed. Toss my arse in a dumpster and call it done.
 
2007-12-20 01:28:44 AM  
img187.imageshack.us

/it's in Freistadt, WI
 
2007-12-20 01:31:05 AM  
DO NOT WANT Poster Girl: I came here for ribald jokes about the author's name and was disappointed.

www.retrojunk.com


/too obscure?
//pic click
///new window
 
2007-12-20 01:32:42 AM  
Hey, they raised these people. Whose fault is it? haha!! Piss off wankers.
 
2007-12-20 01:50:19 AM  
danceswithcrows is invited to my funeral and I hereby leave him/her my diet pills, my automatic juicer, and my rockin' 80s mixed tapes.

To Gridlock, TrixieDelight and Relatively Obscure, for some awesome idears there, you have my permission to fight over my vast collection of anal porn.

Holy_Juan, for being an attention whore, you get a good kick in the ass.
 
2007-12-20 02:08:51 AM  
As someone who works in the funeral industry, it is by far the standard for newspapers to copy and paste obits unedited and for funeral homes to not write them. This is for two reasons. First, the obits themselves cost quite a bit. A reasonable obituary can easily break $1,000 in the Mercury News. In order to write or edit the obit, either the funeral home or the newspaper would have to charge even more. Second, funeral homes and the newspapers do not want to be placed in the position of being responsible for something the family doesn't like and having to eat the cost.
 
2007-12-20 02:13:43 AM  
My Dad died October 30, 2007.

Here's the eulogy I gave at his funeral:
http://wuapinmon.blogspot.com/2007/11/for-those-who-werent-there-my-d​a​ds.html

and here's the obit that the AJC published, full of spacing errors that were not in my original submission to them (this still cost us $400 to publish for one day):

http://www.legacy.com/atlanta/Obituaries.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonId=​9​7146620
 
2007-12-20 03:20:17 AM  
jamesmusik: First, the obits themselves cost quite a bit. A reasonable obituary can easily break $1,000 in the Mercury News. In order to write or edit the obit, either the funeral home or the newspaper would have to charge even more.

Holy farking crap!

Never mind, change mine to "Meep died. Is worm food. Send cash."
 
2007-12-20 03:48:59 AM  
mdfitzsimmons: As you can see, I'm a writer

Formidable is also replaceable with fantastic in some latin languages.
As you can see, Im not a writer.
 
2007-12-20 03:50:28 AM  
I hope my obit is short... you know, like: "He always said any day you wake up is a good day. Those days are all behind him."
 
2007-12-20 03:55:44 AM  
wuapinmon: here's the obit that the AJC published

And I bet they feel totally cool with their "service to the bereaved" because they care so much.

You got ripped off (sorry for stating something you obviously know) and they should be ashamed.
 
2007-12-20 03:58:45 AM  
wuapinmon: here's the obit that the AJC published

emailed to them;

Question on morals;
You charged 400 to publish this for a day ?
http://www.legacy.com/atlanta/Obituaries.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonId=9​7146620

Taking advantage of the grieving is a truly evil thing.
 
2007-12-20 04:31:23 AM  
moise81: That's was a really well written and informative article. I don't think anyone from my generation could write like that. You got the feeling he used to be a war correspondent or something, and now he works at the local paper. Anyway, not being snarky, seriously thought it was a good informative article.

Thanks Subby.


Philomene Offen is a woman. And I agree, the article was well written and laugh-out-loud funny in parts. It reminds me of the letters and guest op-eds I have to wade through.

Oh, and someone at the top of this thread doesn't know what "censor" means. But that's typical.
 
2007-12-20 05:50:14 AM  
It would be hard to beat Fred Clark's obituary:

www.global-air.com
 
2007-12-20 06:30:55 AM  
planes: It would be hard to beat Fred Clark's obituary:

Greatest obit ever!
 
2007-12-20 07:51:37 AM  
Look closely.

i2.photobucket.com
 
2007-12-20 08:29:37 AM  
planes: It would be hard to beat Fred Clark's obituary:

I remember when that ran in the paper - a few days after the obit ran, a story about the obit ran because of all of the reader response. He wrote it himself (the obit, not the story about the obit. That would just be weird).
 
2007-12-20 08:32:54 AM  
absurdistan: A well written, funny article and good headline. Nice job subby. Will read from again!!!1111!!!! A+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Damn, man, this ain't eBay......
 
2007-12-20 08:33:11 AM  
Daemon Spooler: Inigo_Montoya: Grandma's gone to live with the angles

She was a real square

Or a geometrician.

Oh, you klid!


Bravo, SIR
 
2007-12-20 08:52:19 AM  
Delawheredad: That's better than the Wilmington News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware. They CENSOR obituaries. If someone writes an obit and the paper dislikes the language of it the News Journal will insert politically correct language. The most famous one? A husband wrote about his late wife that she was active in the "Pro-Life movement." The News Journal decided that it had to read "Anti-Abortion movement" Never mind what the deceased wanted. Never wanted what her husband and family wanted. The News Journal had to make an obituary fit its political agenda! Few cities are as poorly served by their newspapers as Wilmington is.

Delawheredad:

I worked for Gannett's weekly paper in Bethany. They are bastards.
 
2007-12-20 09:20:00 AM  
There was a woman on tv that said, "My first husband is dead. Now you're not supposed to say nuthin' bad about the dead....

He's dead.....

that's good."
 
2007-12-20 09:24:55 AM  
ZombiesezCafeeeeeennnn: ZombiesezCafeeeeeennnn died Tuesday after a long and courageous battle with life.

Gold!
 
2007-12-20 11:58:41 AM  
"...A little song, a little dance,
A little seltzer in the pants."
 
2007-12-20 05:21:45 PM  
Vern: I had to. Quick, meet dirty, I think you two will get along.

Lol man, that was wonderful.
 
2007-12-20 10:04:48 PM  
Glad you liked it frogjelly. Not sure why, but it makes me chuckle every time I look at it.
 
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