african american firsts*The obituary is instrumental to the closure process for a family.

Everyone wants to help by adding a few lines or even be mentioned as family or that special friend.

But, the most important element of writing the obituary is the details of the person’s life.  How you send them off for the very last time.

New York Times writer Isabel Wilkerson, took the time to sift through the obituaries of 2011 and to her surprise there had been a changing of the guard.  (more…)