A fellow in Massachusetts wrote to Dear Abby to ask whether or not he should write his own obituary. He mentioned that he learned a lot about the life of a relative who had recently died. He later learned that the relative had written his own obituary.
Bless her heart! Dear Abby endorsed the idea of writing your own obituary by saying, “I can’t think of a better way for people to ‘maximize their positives’ and ‘minimize their negatives.’” She noted that, after writing your obit, you have a lifetime to edit, update and polish the story. “And,” she said, “you have the last word.”
There’s a form you can use at The Plain Dealer’s website. Or call the Memorial Society office and we’ll send you one.