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Old 03-20-2019, 07:36 PM
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Fishing alone tonight I started thinking about and writing in my head my obituary. Have any done the same and how did you go about putting on paper? I plan to put it to words in the next few days and let a buddy keep it in his safe until the end.
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Old 03-20-2019, 09:07 PM
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Not a bad idea. I have a "sort of" one in one of my computer files. If you want certain things to be said in your obit, it's a nice thing to do, and will help with the pain others are in when you pass.

Now MINE - I have said some VERY nice things about ME! And WHO'S gonna' dispute it when I'm not there to defend myself?

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Old 03-20-2019, 09:13 PM
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I think an outline of basic facts about your life would be a big help to the family member who is tasked with the obit. If you write your own complete version, I would add a note that this should be just a guide for the author.

On a related topic, maybe you should invite more friends with you fishing so these thoughts don't come to mind ;-)
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I like the one Tom Cruise came up with in the movie "Cocktail"
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Old 03-21-2019, 04:38 AM
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I just want to be forgotten and have the world move on.
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I just want to be forgotten and have the world move on.
I couldn't agree more. I'm going to be disposed of as cheaply as possible. No funeral and no grave.
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He finally broke even with those damn life insurance companies.
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Old 03-21-2019, 05:04 AM
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better question is, what is going on in your mind/life that has you thinking about death?
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My father was a well known figure, and my brother worked on dad's obit before he passed, when his health began failing. It was one less thing to worry about during the funeral planning and grieving phase.

Like most end-of-life planning, you do it for your loved ones, not yourself. They'll appreciate later.
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Old 03-21-2019, 05:12 AM
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Eesh. Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’. Ain’t got no time to think about an obit. F that.
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Old 03-21-2019, 06:10 AM
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I couldn't agree more. I'm going to be disposed of as cheaply as possible. No funeral and no grave.
Epitaph: Born January 01,1950
Died When he Was supposed To
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Here Lies Jed
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Fell on His Head
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Old 03-21-2019, 06:17 AM
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"Here lies Lester Moore,
four slugs from a .44,
no Les, no more"


Best epitaph ever.
Hard to beat brevity. And Lester didn't write it.

Obituaries just never seem salient.
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No wake, no funeral, no obituary. Cremated and spread my ashes in Barnegat Bay. I’ve been feeding those fish for ever. Might as well make it my last act.
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If you want to write one just do it. You don't need anyone's permission.
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Old 03-21-2019, 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Rolandt03 View Post
better question is, what is going on in your mind/life that has you thinking about death?
Trying to keep his Optimax running.....Sorry Raymond I had to
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No wake, no funeral, no obituary. Cremated and spread my ashes in Barnegat Bay. I’ve been feeding those fish for ever. Might as well make it my last act.

No wake, no funeral, no obituary. Cremate my ass and throw me our when our next West Texas dust storm blows thru.

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Old 03-21-2019, 07:59 AM
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Write your own obituary and put it in with your will for your executor. Make it very long, as you won't be here to receive the bill from the newspaper anyway.
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I had a cousin that had been battling cancer for nine years. She wrote her own obituary during her final battle with it. It was probably the best funeral service I have attended. It was so much more insightful than your standard list of a few accomplishments and family left behind. To hear she was at peace in her own words was more comforting. To know what she wanted to be remembered for and her wishes for those that she left behind in the future was great. It was quite moving.
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Old 03-21-2019, 08:25 AM
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Life is for the living. Let those that remain write your obituary. If they choose to use some of the words you write about yourself so be it.

Reaching from the grave with a dictated obituary is a futile attempt to control the narrative of your loved ones, and how they feel about you.
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