Back in October my Uncle died unexpectedly.
In addition to having to deal with overwhelming shock, my Aunt found herself in the position of having to make many decisions very quickly.
There was the decision of what funeral home to call, who needed to be notified, how to get the children home from college, where to purchase a burial plot (here or in Utah), what was the amount of his life insurance and where was the policy, etc....
The one thing I remember from that terrible Sunday morning was the funeral home coming for my Uncle's body and telling my Aunt as they were leaving "we will need information for an obit". This was more than she could handle at the time. How to write an obit when the death was so unexpected?
I vowed right then that my husband and I would prepare our final wishes this year so that our children, or surviving spouse, would not have to make them during their time of grief. This includes writing our own obits.
On Friday, October 21, on Geneabloggers radio, Thomas had Susan Soper on as a guest. She is the author of Obit Kit - A Guide to Celebrating Your Life. Before the program ended I had ordered Susan's book. It's a great guide to making your end of life decisions including not only your obit but what you would like included in your funeral or memorial service.
I know it sounds creepy to some, but for me, taking care of these details myself is like leaving a final, loving gift for my family.