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Welcome to Lives Lived:
A Professional Obituary Writing Service

A professional writer working with families to create an obituary as unique as the life it honors.

An  award-winning writer working with you to create an obituary with style and sensitivity. Reasonable rates, quick turnaround.

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An obituary should  be as rich and interesting as the person it describes. Here are some examples of my work.

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“Like so many young men in the 1960s, Jack received an invitation he couldn't refuse from the Army. He joined the Marines instead and was not quite out of his teens when he found himself in a place called Khe Sanh.
The young Marine was there for all 77 days of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War — an experience that colored the remaining 45-plus years of his life.”


Flowers on Wood

How do you want your loved one to be remembered?

An obituary is the final written account of a person’s life. A well-written obituary is a work of art – something to be treasured by families and friends.

​I am committed to helping families and individuals make that last impression with sensitivity, style and accuracy.

​I worked as a journalist for 25 years after graduating from Columbia University. I wrote many obituaries, of famous people and regular folk.

​It’s difficult for a layperson to write an obituary that has elegance, sensitivity and grace – especially during a time of grief and confusion.

​Lives Lived: A Professional Obituary Writing Service allows families to engage with a professional writer to create a loving tribute that meets their unique needs. I love interviewing families, taking their memories, and turning them into a story that captures the essence of a person’s life. The obituary I write in consultation with the family becomes their property and the family decides how and where they will share it.

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About Jane Lerner

  • Award-winning journalist and communications professional whose work has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, Reader’s Digest and regional publications including The Journal News.

  • Experienced obituary writer and contributor to newspaper “Lives” column.

  • Graduate: Columbia University School of Journalism

  • Member: Society of Professional Obituary Writers

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