Tuesday May 03, 2016

Obit explores the delicate art of obituary writing

Imagine taking someone's whole life into your hands, as paperwork. How would you turn their file into a powerful final testament?

Imagine taking someone's whole life into your hands, as paperwork. How would you turn their file into a powerful final testament? (Green Fuse Films)

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How do you sum up an entire life, separate fact from spin, and write a definitive, engrossing account of a recently deceased human being? 

New York Times journalist Bruce Weber joins Shad to discuss the nerve-wracking business of obituary writing for the newspaper of record. The subtle art is explored in Obit, a new documentary film about the desk writers who deal in life and death. 

WEB EXTRA | Watch the teaser trailer for Obit and tell us: can you think of the most powerful obituary you've ever read? What about it moved you?