Self-written obituaries, also known as “autobituaries”, have become increasingly popular during the age of social media. Gone are the days of the funeral director quizzing family members for the deceased’s basic information. Even longer gone are the days of newspapers with an obituary writer on staff who wrote it for you.
Now it’s all about how you WANT to be remembered! Write it, store it, tell someone where you put it, update it, use it! If you want help getting started, email me annie@ReadThis.guru and I will send you the worksheet I distribute during the presentations I lead on the topic!!
If you shudder at the thought of writing your own obituary because it causes you to contemplate your own death, consider a challenge Ernest Hemingway once said was his best work. The assignment: describe Your Life in Six Words. He wrote, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” So try this _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________.
If you are ready, go for it! All you need is a pencil, preferably with an eraser and a small notebook. Check your local paper for real-time examples. Be creative. Here are five reasons to start now!
- You can tell your story in your own words (no one knows I won a yo-yo contest and got my picture in the paper when I was 12)
- Figuring out who and what matters to you is invigorating (and a surprisingly easy list to make)
- It saves your family from having to write it (they will be so happy that you did it)
- Recalling favorite memories is a boost for your soul (one memory leads to another and all the sudden you have the past, present and future altogether)
- Go ahead, use your favorite photo! (reading a book at the beach is my favorite)
- Watch the recently released movie starring Shirley McLaine as Harriet, a retired businesswoman with a tart tongue who tries to control everything. She hires a young journalist to help her write her obituary and the truth comes out! See a clip here… www.LastWordMovie.com It is hilarious!
Enjoy the journey,