Petra Orloff, founder of Beloved obituary writing service, at NFDA 2019.

Petra Orloff, founder of Beloved obituary writing service, at NFDA 2019.

Writing your own obituary can be a wonderful exercise in self-discovery. Petra Orloff, founder of the obituary writing service Beloved, provides insights into what makes a great life story. These short stories also make great eulogies. She spoke at the 2019 Before I Die New Mexico Festival.

How do you write an obituary that’s engaging, enlightening, and fun to read? Consider these tips.

Obituary Writing Tips

Orloff provided an outline of tips and questions to draw upon. Here are a few examples:

  1. Outline the obituary like a news story, including the elements of Who, What, Where, When and How.
  2. Include information about memorial service details and important relationships.
  3. Use questions to help draw out stories and words of wisdom.

A free five-page PDF with the full listing of tips and questions is available from Beloved for download. Simply fill in this form and you will be redirected to the document.

Video from the Festival

Petra Orloff presented talks in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Watch her 45 minute video presentation in Albuquerque:

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