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OBIT. That particular solemnity or office for the dead, which the Roman Catholic church appoints to be read or performed over the body of a deceased member of that communion before interment; also the office which, upon the anniversary of his death, was frequently used as a commemoration or observance of the day. 2 Cro. 51; Dyer, 313.

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Death is something that Fox deals with every day, having written obituaries for the Times since 2004 (she's featured in Obit, a wonderful documentary film about the department).
Usually a member of the family puts together an obit emphasizing the career or work of the deceased.
He expected the report on Page 1 but found it buried among the 140 obits that appeared that day.
De Quetteville delicately suggests that The Telegraph prepared an obit when it learned of Prince Harry's first deployment to Afghanistan in 2008.
Obit: Inspiring Stories of Ordinary People Who Led Extraordinary Lives, a compilation of Sheeler's newspaper work, demonstrates that--whether the subject is a senior whose end was imminent, a heartbroken suicide, or a youth who met an untimely demise--obituaries can and should touch upon the essence of their subjects' lives; that is, the distinctions and values that fundamentally defined them.
McGuire's long feature-story obit in the Post was a departure from the policy of Arnie Robbins, the Post editor.
Some of her most memorable obits described the lives and deaths of characters like Sweet Evening Breeze, a well-known cross-dresser; Maggie Bailey, the "Queen of the Mountain Bootleggers"; and Ollie "The Widow" Combs, a Faulkneresque character who was an activist against surface coal mining.
Coln Lennon, "The Book of Obits of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin," describes the first portion of the manuscript now in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin, MS 576, of which Padraig O Riain described the second portion in Chapter 2.
Clearly, this book was a labor of love, by Calhoun, who is identified merely as a fan of McG.'s (ok, a fan of obits, sheesh!) but it is simply not a joy to read, even for its handful of genuinely funny moments.
Writing obits is not the "Siberia of journalism" as actor Jude Law's character describes it in the movie "Closer." It is the best job at the newspaper, a beat without borders.
Above all, belief in Purgatory generated a complex array of obits and chantries, devotions and intercessions, designed to lessen or alleviate the posthumous sufferings of those who had gone before.