Obituary

Who'll Write Your Obituary?

September 29, 2017

I asked my only brother to do me a huge favor. I asked him to write a draft of my obituary.

First, to alleviate any further alarm or inquiries, as far as I know, I am quite healthy and looking forward to many more years on this planet. I simply decided that there is no time like the present to reflect upon my life so far, and to begin a draft of what will be of great value to my family when they will need it most.

What do You Want Others to Remember About You?

November 1, 2015

“All the dates and degrees and statistics don’t matter," she said. “What matters is the life itself.”  “How so?” “Well, I always began by asking, ‘Tell me about your loved one.’ Eventually, we always got the truth.”

This passage was written by Ann Hood, author of “The Obituary Writer” an empathetic story of love and loss, human nature, and eventual death.

Hope is Not a Plan, But Planning Will Generate Hope

April 10, 2015

It’s here. Some call it the “silver tsunami” while others reference it as “the greying of America”. Nearly half of the “sandwich“ generation have a parent over age 65 and are raising young children or supporting grown children.

Alarmingly, thousands of critically important end-of-life and after death decisions are currently being made without the benefit of advanced planning. While “hope” is not a plan, planning realizes hope.

An Amazing and Funny Obituary

March 28, 2014

Writing an obituary for your loved one after their death is quite possibly one of the hardest tasks to do well.

First of all, one tends to be in a the midst of being consumed by grief,  with emotions running all over the map, taking over any ability  to think clearly or rationally, much less putting more than two accurate sentences together in a meaningful way.