The Surprising Joys Of Being An Obituary Writer

February 20, 2015 6:37 PM

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The Surprising Joys Of Being An Obituary Writer

On the surface, obituary writing sounds like a rather depressing profession. But Heather Lende, who has written obituaries for the Chilkat Valley News in Haines, Alaska, for almost two decades, will tell you just how uplifting, educational and fulfilling those daily assignments on death can be. In her latest book, Find the Good, she shares the unexpected life lessons she has learned from her writing post at her small town newspaper. And those lessons -- both big and small -- can help reframe the way many of us think and talk about death.

"I understand why you may think that what I do is depressing, but compared to front-page news, most obituaries are downright inspirational," Lende writes in Find the Good. "People lead all kinds of interesting and fulfilling lives, but they all end. My task is investigating the deeds, characteristic...

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