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Hot funeral trend: Pre-need obits

Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:10 PM

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Funeral homes in South Florida say one of the hottest trends in "pre-need" funeral planning is do-it-yourself obituaries.

Rick Waites, director of Palm Beach National Chapel in Lake Worth, said he is getting more customers who have the obit ready.

"Sometimes it's handwritten, typed, or they will bring a printout from a computer. The only thing missing is the date of death,'' he told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "They want to get their story across when they are gone and not leave it to other people."

Waites said his funeral home offers help with the obits.

Ellen Gower, 72, of Vero Beach said she is writing obits for herself and her 78-year-old husband.

She decided to go DIY after writing obits for an uncle and brother.

"When you write your own, you can fashion it as lightheartedly or as seriously as YOU would like, and hopefully the way it's written, in addition to the content, will help to convey a sense of who you were,'' she told the Sun Sentinel in an email.

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