Category Archives: Legacy.com Guides

Top 10 obituary myths

We recently came across an interesting article that we wanted to share with our readers. Sandra Martin’s “The Top 10 Obituary Myths” is a fantastic comment on the way obituaries have changed over the years. Notably, the obituary has become … Continue reading

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Top 10 things not to say in a condolence letter

I’ve written before about what to say when you’re writing a condolence for a Guest Book – it can be very hard to find the right words to express your sympathy. But maybe even harder is knowing what not to … Continue reading

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What to do with a loved one’s ashes

We spend a lot of time here at Legacy.com thinking about the ways people memorialize their loved ones. When my grandfather retired from the steel mill, he moved to Myrtle Beach, SC, and started pier fishing. He spent countless hours … Continue reading

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Writing your own obituary

It’s a popular assignment in journalism and English classes – write your own obituary.  And life coaches sometimes suggest writing your own obit as a way to figure out how you want to live your life. By starting at the … Continue reading

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Adding a photo to an obituary Guest Book

You’ve heard it over and over: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” It may be a cliché, but it’s also so true! Pictures can help us express what words can’t – especially at a difficult time, like in the … Continue reading

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Using poetry to express your condolences

I’ve written before about how hard it can be to sign a Guest Book. It’s an emotional, painful time – obviously for the family of the deceased, and no less for the person signing the Guest Book. And in the … Continue reading

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Why should I share condolences?

Last week, we shared some tips for how to write a condolence.  But a bigger question is: why should you write a condolence note? Legacy.com receives more than one million condolence messages in our online Guest Books each month.  In … Continue reading

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How to write a condolence letter

It’s hard to write condolence letters, whether it’s a handwritten note or a Guest Book entry. After all, you’re dealing with death and most of us want to avoid the topic. Death makes us feel vulnerable and sad, and in … Continue reading

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Following obituary updates on Facebook

Legacy.com now offers a new way to stay informed of updates to the obituary or Guest Book.  Just click on the “Follow this obituary” link on any obituary and you can sign up to receive alerts via Facebook or email … Continue reading

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How to write an obituary

Legacy.com’s guide to writing an obituary If your loved one just passed away, you may be asking yourself, “how do I write an obituary?” Some people feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of writing an obit.  They worry that they’ll forget … Continue reading

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