I often wonder what people are thinking when they write obituaries. Are they trying to list what the deceased accomplished in the way of a job. Or is it how many kids and grandkids they had or what their favorite sport was.
An obituary is a notice that someone has died and it is the last time you can speak to this world. Such a monumental event maybe could be a clearing house for finishing unfinished business. I mean wouldn’t you want to say I am sorry to everyone you hurt or I am so proud of you, or leave a thing or two about what you learned that is important form living for how ever many years you had.
Instead there is a list of what high school you went to and who your second cousin is.
When I die I am going to write a long obituary not about what I did or did not accomplish or who I married or how my kid turned out.
I am going to write about what is most important for anyone to know about me, Yes I was a painter but that is not important. I have people but they also are not important. What I can share as I am leaving this world, that is important. I would love to read anyones last thoughts . You don’t know what you would say until you are there but I imagine they would be worthwhile.
Lived and died yes but what was significant in between those dates in what matters.