Sunday, September 16, 2018
Powell discussed a variety of obits and explained her purpose when writing one: "I wanted to bring the person back to life. I want to learn something about them that I didn't know, the general public probably didn't know, even members of the family didn't know. I wanted to be truthful."
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Sunday, September 09, 2018
Of all the obituaries you've read - or written - what's one you'd pick for kids to read?
I'm a middle school teacher and an obituary enthusiast. I use obituaries in the classroom to introduce students to people who lived inspiring lives, worthy of emulation.*
We've read about the foster mother to ninety-eight children, the first woman to climb the highest mountain on each continent, and the man who invented the study of flags. (Over fifty obits so far - see them all at passedmadepresent.org.) I'm especially interested in obits that may have received insufficient notice.
I'd be grateful if you shared your recommendation(s) in the comment section below.
Many thanks - and thank you for the work you do!
*For more on obituaries' instructional merit, see my Boston Herald op-ed "Obituaries Teach Life's Lessons."