Tuesday, June 30, 2009

What Would Your Obituary Say?

I think it is safe to say we were all shocked my Michael Jackson’s recent passing. And Farah Fawcett on the same day!

Did you know that news agencies write the obituaries in advance for celebrities? They have to be prepared. This got me thinking. What would my obituary say?

Now, before I continue, I feel a need to acknowledge some people may think it is morbid to talk about death. I disagree. The reality is that we will all die some day. Hopefully it is later, rather than sooner. Fortunately or unfortunately, we don’t know when that day will come. By acknowledging that our time here is finite, we can continually make choices to take advantage of each precious day we have.

I hope to create my life so that my obituary will read as follows:

Kathianne Sellers Williams touched many lives through her work, writing, and art. She had countless loved ones and all knew how much she loved and valued them. She grew spiritually throughout her whole life and conquered her self-imposed limitations. Kathianne left the world a better place than if she had never existed and inspired others to do the same.

What would your obituary say?


  1. Anonymous12:35 PM CDT

    Gwendolyn Swanigan Williams loved many, disliked few, and was intentional in trying to see the good in everyone. Though, this caused her some hurts along the way, she believed in giving more time to developing a love for someone than to devloping a dislike. Her favorite thing to do was laugh, and frequently said .. "Any day is tolerable as long as I get to laugh." She was fiercely protective of family and friends she held dear, and her tough persona and stern outer shell masked much of her sincere appreciattion and love of the natural and spiritual world. She used words to get her point accross, but relied heavily on prayer and her heart to reveal her "true self" to the world around her.

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  3. Miss Gwen, Your obituary is beautiful! Thank you for sharing this with us. Kathianne

  4. Great post! Heard a similar sermon once-I'll have to work on mine!

  5. hmm, you've definitely got me thinking. we've been studying "legacy living" at Mom2Mom this last year and this is definitely right in tune. thanks for the thoughts.

  6. Anonymous7:55 AM CDT

    My mother is an avid genealogist as a hobby and so finding and reading obituaries is something the family does plenty. When my ex-fiance's sister was in college for nursing she had to write an obituary for her death & mortality class. Mom & I did the draft that impressed the professor. Since then I have played with my own. It wouldn't be profound but would list volunteer activities and dedication. BTW, a definite would be for mourners to make donations to the SPCA in lieu of the profusion of flowers. Angelina