Like you know, I won a free copy of ObitKit by Susan Soper.
Well as you can see I got it, I read it in one night. Not that its long, its only 72 pages and most of them are worksheets for you to fill out. Don't let the lack of pages fool you, it is packed with information and (the best part) reinsurance that you can write your own obituary, and plan for the future.
Susan uses her OWN experiences through out the book. It's almost like sitting down with her, and talking about what you want, how you want it, and how you want people to remember you. Now in the grand scheme of things your obit may seem like a small detail, but think about it. What is it that you find that is full of information on someone you have never met? Their obit. Love ones keep it, future generations will want it.
If that can't get you to sit down and think about it, then maybe this can. "The best time to fill out the ObitKit is when you are really living your life, feeling good, working hard -playing too- when the idea of an obituary is the last thing on your mind. If you wait until you're ill, the work could take on a gloomy tone and your life wouldn't be represented in as upbeat a way as it deserves." ~Susan Soper. Unless you are Scrooge and live your life like he did, you will want the good things remembered. Why wait?
I wish I would have known about this book a long time ago. It would have helped immensely. I don't plan on writing in it but instead in a notebook, that way I can pass it on to those that need it (I'll ask for it back but just in case I don't I won't be out of all my information). Obviously, at 24 I hopefully won't need an obit anytime time soon, but you never know.
On the same note, the beta fish that we have been fishy-sitting for the last few years died today. Not sure what happened I think he got in a fight with the filter. I tried to save him but it was to much for the little guy. Had a small funeral and burial. Poor guy.
We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies. ~Shirley Abbott