Why Choose Words Can Express

Words Express this image of a tree in Winter with mountains and clouds in the background, evoking sadness of a lost loved one

You’ve just lost a loved one. Your heart is full of feelings not easily put into words. As a veteran obituary writer for the Courier-Post, I can choose the right words to express what you feel. Death notices giving date and time of services are necessary but costly, and they only tell part of the story.

The beloved coach who racked up years of wins. The everyday Joe who once got to pitch for the Phillies. The successful retailer who survived several bouts of cancer.
These are all examples of wonderful people I have written about as a longtime writer and editor at the Courier-Post. Nothing in my career was as rewarding as the obituaries I wrote for a feature called Lives Well Lived. Area families know my work.

My obits have been tucked in desk drawers, slipped into scrapbooks, framed and hung. They have been posted at funerals.

This is a service for families who often can’t find the words to express their grief beyond the particulars of a death notice. That’s where I come in, producing a beautifully written tribute that can be displayed at funerals, sent to loved ones by email, used as a eulogy or simply folded into a funeral program, kept and reread for years to come.

It’s not about death, but the life well lived.


Words Can Express offers fully written remembrances of loved ones, with family input. I will talk to survivors, and with my vast interview and writing skills, synopsize that person’s life in approximately 750 to 1,000 words, for a fee of $500.  Anything over that length will be 10 cents a word.