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Obituary


I never wanted to see anybody die,
But there are a few obituary notices
I have read with pleasure.
  --Clarence Darrow

How would you feel if tomorrow morning you picked up The Salt Lake Tribune and saw your own obituary listed among the death notices? How would you want your obituary to read? Obituaries are quick, concise bullets that notify and highlight a person's death. Obituaries generally appear in newspapers or other media as a means of notification of someone's death to the community.

This exercise will allow you to examine your mortality as well as provide perspective for looking upon your life at present. The chance to look back on your life is invaluable for new growth and appreciation of what you have achieved and overcome so far. When you construct the story of your life you cannot fail to examine the self - from the past, present, and future perspectives. If you find incongruities in your life as a result of this exercise, you might benefit from examining them more closely.

Write your own obituary. Obituaries are usually brief, but if desired you can have a full typed page which is about two columns in an average newspaper. When finished, ask yourself: (1) How did it feel to do this? (2) Did you make any discoveries about yourself? (3) Did you find any incongruities in your life which need further examination? (4) Are you happy with your life to date? If not, why not? (5) What might you do differently?