An advice book for the bereaved that offers welcome guidance and comfort.




Hewett’s (More Good Words, 2014, etc.) updated guide aims to make writing a eulogy less daunting.

The author, a certified grief counselor, combines academic expertise (including a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition studies) with her own and others’ personal experiences in this helpful resource. To mourn in a social setting, she says, is a way to begin healing, and may “enable us to be kinder to other bereaved people.” She recognizes that few people routinely write obituaries or eulogies, and in this book, she thoughtfully directs grief-stricken readers through the steps to create a moving, truthful speech. She urges readers to focus on creating a work that “praises the virtuous qualities of the deceased rather than one that presents mere biographical sketches.” The book moves from a simple definition of the word “eulogy” (Greek for “good words”) to the reasons for writing one. It then delves into the specifics of what to say, including handy checklists and suggestions about whom to interview; examples of traditional eulogies; how to organize the work; and how to deliver it in a way that takes the audience into account. A three-part appendix includes more touching examples, famous poems and a guide for interviewing family members. (Although the author suggests removing the guide’s pages and taking them on interviews, they’re so small that it may be easier to simply carry a notepad.) Overall, Hewett includes great tips on how to polish one’s writing. For example, she notes that funerals aren’t times to push a cause or proselytize; that one should never hesitate to offer condolences to parents; and that services can vary according to religious denomination. Her book lays out its information so clearly that its lack of an index is hardly noticeable.

An advice book for the bereaved that offers welcome guidance and comfort.

Pub Date: June 25, 2014

ISBN: 978-1490838052

Page Count: 212

Publisher: Westbow Press

Review Posted Online: Oct. 6, 2014

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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