If you’ve arrived on this page, it probably means you’ve lost someone.
I have no words to share other than I’m sorry. I know this time is awful, and I know no platitudes will make it better.
If you’ve arrived on this page, it also means that person was important to you. And that you want to pay tribute to them however you can.
You may have known that person better than anyone else — but that doesn’t mean you can tell their story in the way it deserves to be told.
That’s where I can help.
Not only am I a freelance writer who’s been published everywhere from The New York Times to CNN, I’m also someone who’s experienced loss.
In my grief, I found comfort in doing what I do best: writing. I wrote eulogies and obituaries, and essays for The Washington Post and The Week. I found comfort in hearing people say my words painted a perfect picture of the deceased.
But not everyone’s a writer.
And I hate thinking of people struggling to write about their loved ones when they’re already struggling with so much else.
I also hate reading obituaries that are bland and lifeless — nothing like the person they’re about.
So I began offering my services as an obituary writer, and have since had the privilege of crafting the life stories of dozens of fascinating and cherished people.
Reviews of My Obituary Writing Service
To protect the privacy of past families, I don’t share links on this page — but, upon request, I can send you sample obituaries with identifying details removed.
I also recently began requesting reviews from past clients, to offer peace of mind to those of you searching for the right obituary writer.
Great writer who puts a lot of heart into her work!
When my mom passed, I was too heart broken to put her life into words. Susan took all of my information and put it together to create a beautifully written obituary. thank you!!!
Susan is a wordsmith, if ever the was one.
Somehow Susan took all of the thoughts in our heads and managed to pen them into a beautiful piece that memorialized our loved one. We laughed, we cried, we were left with a sense of peace knowing our love for our family member was woven into Susan’s genuine work of art. I don’t know how you did it but we are honored to have you create such a moving tribute to our loved one – even when we found it difficult to explain all of the wonderful things that made our loved one so incredible. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!
Susan truly has a gift.
My mother passed away on July 10, 2020 from Covid and it truly has been one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to go through. After she passed away, I tried so hard for months to write her obituary, but I struggled beyond belief. I ended up looking into having someone help me write it and fortunately I found Susan. Her writing ability is truly a gift and I just wish I would have found her sooner than I did. The way in which she wrote it was as if I had written those words myself. I just would not have been able to say them so eloquently. I have received so many compliments on what a beautiful obituary it was and I would definitely refer Susan to anyone looking for services such as this.
During one of the most difficult times of my life, it was a relief to have Susan write my husband’s obituary. She took great care with his memories. Her words brought his presence back to life in a way that he would have appreciated. I’m so very grateful to have found her.
Susan Shain’s obit work is so far beyond expectation that it is difficult to find expression in words. CMW
After an hour or more in a telephone interview, Susan was able to crystallize a life’s complexities and direction in a publishable format in both content and length. She is a 5 star performer.
How My Professional Obituary Writing Services Work
The last thing you need right now is more stress and paperwork, so I’ve attempted to make my obituary writing services as simple as possible.
Here’s how hiring me as an obituary writer will work:
1. You’ll use the form below to tell me when you need the obituary. My turnaround time is generally within a week, though I can sometimes submit drafts within 48 hours.
2. I’ll respond with my availability, and we’ll set up a 30-minute phone call. During that call, I’ll learn as much as possible about your loved one.
3. Using the information collected, I’ll write a one-page narrative obituary (~500 words) and email you a draft. You can comment on it, asking me to change anything that doesn’t sound right.
4. Once you’re satisfied, you can forward the obituary to the funeral home and local newspapers. I’ll then send you an invoice, which you can pay via credit card.
The cost is $300 per obituary. That’s below my normal rates because this is important to me.
Because I know what grief is like, and because I want to help you pay proper tribute to the person you loved.
I can’t promise the experience won’t be painful, but I can promise I’ll take good care of your person, your love, and their story. I will treat it with delicacy and respect, and with an understanding that only comes from having been in your shoes.
If you’re interested in requesting my professional obituary writing services, please get in touch using the form below. You can also use the form just to talk — I’m always here <3