One advantage of writing your own obituary is that you have total control over its contents. So why not spring a few surprises?
An engineer in Utah used his obituary to confess to an unsolved crime, whilst also admitting he had lied about his qualifications. Val Patterson revealed in the Salt Lake Tribune that he stole a safe from business premises, and that he had been awarded a PhD. by mistake.
Writing your own obituary is useful not only to clear your conscience, but to help your nearest and dearest piece together the life you have lived and enjoyed between bare birth and death dates. Why should the rich and famous be alone in authorising their obituaries in advance?
Obituary-writing for the living is a growing trend in America, which will surely reach these shores. Our own website has plenty of useful guides and information to help you draft your obituary, and a quick search of the web will bring countless examples from which to work, for example Obituary Guide.
Go on, treat yourself and your family to news of the life you are happy to have lived.