Share your story to cel­e­brate a life

Ottawa Citizen - - OBITUARIES - Life Story sub­mis­sions are by email only. Email us at lifestory@ot­tawac­i­t­i­zen.com.

Ev­ery life is a story. Fa­mous or hum­ble, cel­e­brated or un­sung, the pass­ing of our friends and fam­ily has a pro­found in­flu­ence on us.

We want to share your sto­ries about the lives of those who have re­cently passed on.

Our weekly fea­ture is called Life Story, and read­ers are in­vited to sub­mit 600 to 700-word re­mem­brances of those lives.

These should be anec­dote-laden per­sonal sto­ries, full of colour and char­ac­ter, to in­form our read­ers of the spe­cial mem­o­ries and place the in­di­vid­ual had in your life.

There is no pay­ment or charge for the pub­li­ca­tion of Life Story.

The sub­ject of the pieces should have lo­cal rel­e­vance to Ot­tawa and have died within the pre­vi­ous year The pieces will be edited for style. A fa­cial pho­to­graph is es­sen­tial, as is the phone num­ber and email ad­dress of the writer.

The photo should be sent as a JPEG. Some ba­sics are nec­es­sary: ❚ Name, age, cause of death. ❚ Place of birth, and place of death. ❚ De­scrip­tion of the per­son — pro­fes­sion, hobby, and fam­ily ties, i.e., mother, sis­ter, aunt and grand­mother.

Try to an­swer the five Ws: who, what, when, where and why.

These sto­ries are about the per­son be­ing hon­oured; this is about them. Rich de­tail is help­ful. Ac­com­plish­ments, telling anec­dotes that re­veal char­ac­ter and lega­cies left be­hind are the types of in­for­ma­tion that will help our read­ers un­der­stand your sub­ject bet­ter.

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