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May 1st, 2006 • Quill Archives
Beat Guide: Obituaries

So you define “obituary” as an article about the dead? Think again. As Yoda told Luke Skywalker, “You must unlearn what you have learned.” Obits aren’t about death. They’re about life. Oh, sure. The death is the reason for the obituary, but a reporter-written obituary shouldn’t simply announce a death.