Professional Obituary Writing Services

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.


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June 14, 2020

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.

S. Atherton

Susan Shain’s obit work is so far beyond expectation that it is difficult to find expression in words. CMW

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May 27, 2020

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.

Charles M. Waite

A lasting tribute to my dad

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May 27, 2020

My siblings and I had so much to share about our dad. An obituary is a story about a person’s life that will be left for future generations. Susan was able to capture all the details and describe my dad’s essence. I was overwhelmed by the loving feedback from extended family and friends.


Obituary for my husband

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May 26, 2020

Jut wanted you to know that we have received text messages and emails commenting on such a wonderful obituary. It took me awhile to think about what I wanted and you put it together perfectly.


Susan made this so easy

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May 25, 2020

My siblings all decided that we should write our own obituaries. After struggling to do this, I googled Obituary Writers, and found Susan’s website. We spoke for about an hour, with Susan leading the conversation. Then about a week or two later, she emailed me her first draft. It was terrific, and a couple of edits later, it was done! Really a pleasure to work with Susan.


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 between 24 hours and a week, depending on how much other work I have.

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. I’ll send you a final copy, which you can edit however you like and then forward to the funeral home.

The last step is to pay me: $300. 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 learning more about 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

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