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New creative obituary service helps families honor their loved ones
Author Mike Dauplaise offers professionally written obituaries that capture a person's spirit and tells the story of their life
"This is our opportunity to paint a picture of the person's life beyond what they did for a living," Dauplaise says. "I had the occasion to work on an obituary for a friend's father and my own mother recently, and it became clear just how important a professionally written, creative, and at times entertaining obituary can be for families."
"I got goosebumps when I read the obituary that Mike wrote about my husband, and I still do," comments Murrie Donovan. "He included details that made my husband special, and people continue to tell me how wonderful they consider that obituary to be."
Dauplaise envisions the obituary process evolving within end-of-life planning to join the likes of drafting a will, purchasing a burial plot or mausoleum crypt, and naming a power of attorney.
"There is no law that says you have to wait until you or your family member passes away to work on an obituary," he says. "We started working on my mother's obituary about a week before she passed, and it removed that element of stress from one of the most emotional few days of our life. I've also written many obituaries for people who are nowhere near death, and we just update them periodically going forward."
Enhanced packages include narrations of the written obituary and videos featuring submitted photos and video clips. Today's digital technology makes it possible for future generations to learn more about current generations than most people know about their ancestors.
"Everyone has a story to tell that extends beyond what they did for work," Dauplaise says. "I believe we owe it to our loved ones to share the story of their life before it is lost to history."
"I couldn't bring myself to read the obituary that Mike wrote about my husband for several years after he passed away," admits Faye Drankoff. "Now I've read it many times, and I'm so happy to have this as a memento of such a special man."
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