Now that ‘selfies’ have become so popular, here’s your chance to leave one ‘final selfie‘ for people to remember you by! Instead of leaving it to your grieving family, more people are now writing their own obituaries. Obviously, this has to be done in advance, with a few ‘fill in the blanks’ areas…
Nobody really wants to think about it, yet death is a part of life and it will eventually happen to all of us!
Sarah White, who presides over the Society of Personal Historians says: “If I don’t write it down, who will remember what I accomplished?”
She has also taught an obituary writing class both online and in person for the last eight years. Sarah credits much of the growing interest in her course to Baby Boomers concerned with their legacy. “Just the idea of taking a little more control over what is said about you as opposed to leaving it to the funeral director and what your relatives remember to say at a time that’s very stressful for them,” Sarah says.
I guess this mean you would have to think about the mark you left here in life, and what you were most proud of. If you wanted to do this, you can start with something to the effect of:
Linda Lee was born in Detroit and the good Lord decided to take her to Heaven on ___________. She survived __________ years of marriage to her “hoopty husband’ Jeff and has two daughters, ages _____ & _____ and ______ grandchildren. Linda loved life, and did not fear death, looking forward to reuniting with her loved ones who preceded her in death, including _______________, ______________, & _____________.
Would you actually write your own obituary in advance?