Obits -The Way We Say Goodbye


Obituaries are the few final written words that provide glimpses into the lives of ordinary people and allow us to look at our own lives and times. The notices selected for this collection indicate that there are no ordinary people.

There are many ways to say farewell - from formal funeral services to private home-setting celebrations. They all form part of the way we say goodbye. Obituaries or death notices however, are a public way to share a final farewell celebration.

MaryEllen was interviewed on radio programs from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, including Peter Gzowski's national "Morningside" show.  She was also featured on CBC's "What on Earth" TV program and on German television where she was paired with a European collector of obituaries.

MaryEllen was a keynote speaker at annual general meetings of the B.C. Funeral Directors and the Alberta Funeral Directors and she has addressed chambers of commerce and bereavement associations.

"Obits-The Way We Say Goodbye" was selected as a book of the month by Amazon Books (1995).

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