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Old Mar 27th 2015, 4:10 pm
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I have just returned from a cremation., where we celebrated the life of a friend who diesd5 weeks short of 70 years old. He had Alzheimer's and for the last 11 years of his life was not aware of what was going on.

It made me start thinking about what happened in my life, my own achievements and lack of them.

If I had to write my own obituary, what would I write ? What about you ?
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Don't know about obituaries but here are some great epitaphs.

A tomb now suffices him for whom the world was not enough. ~ Alexander the Great

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The best is yet to come. ~ Frank Sinatra

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I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. ~ Winston Churchill

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Well this was fun, let’s dit again sometime. ~ Quniaron Bellthing

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She did it the hard way. ~ Bette Davis

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Hey Ram (Translation: “Oh, God”). ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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Don’t Try. ~ Charles Bukowski

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Here lies a man who knew how to enlist the service of better men than himself. ~ Andrew Carnegie

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So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald (same as the last line of The Great Gatsby.)

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Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty I’m Free At Last. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Truth to your own spirit. ~ Jim Morrison

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Here lies one whose name was writ in water. ~ John Keats

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Workers of all lands unite. The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it. ~ Karl Marx

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Called back. ~ Emily Dickinson

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A Gentle Man and a Gentleman. ~ Jack Dempsey

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Curiosity did not kill this cat. ~ Studs Terkel

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I told you so, you damned fools. ~ H. G. Wells

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Against you I will fling myself unvanquished and unyielding, O Death! ~ Virginia Woolf

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The Stone the Builders Rejected. ~ Jack London (The second half of this quote, found in the Bible, reads “has become the capstone.” but London only included the first half.)

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Never born, Never died: visited the planet earth between December 11, 1931 and, January 19, 1990. ~ Osho
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"I told you I was ill" - Spike Milligan`s Headstone.
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He tried...
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You are posting your epitaphs, not your obituaries.

I don't think anyone would write an obituary for me. I'm not famous or well known enough to get one. I don't imagine I'd be remembered for long anyway. Most people aren't.

As for a eulogy, well you have to say nice things don't you? I guess they'd be some mention of being vaguely humorous at times and always rather cynical. And making good cakes or similar.

*shrugs*
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You are posting your epitaphs, not your obituaries.

I don't think anyone would write an obituary for me. I'm not famous or well known enough to get one. I don't imagine I'd be remembered for long anyway. Most people aren't.

As for a eulogy, well you have to say nice things don't you? I guess they'd be some mention of being vaguely humorous at times and always rather cynical. And making good cakes or similar.

*shrugs*
A person would be lucky if his grandkids ever visit his grave more than once, thats the way life works imho.
yeah I think you are right about all these not being obituaries. I dont think I would have the balls to write my own obituary because one needs to be very honest about himself in writing his own obituary I think.
But I have a very good friend who is brutally honest and I think he would write a great obituary for me, as I for him
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You are posting your epitaphs, not your obituaries.

I don't think anyone would write an obituary for me. I'm not famous or well known enough to get one. I don't imagine I'd be remembered for long anyway. Most people aren't.

As for a eulogy, well you have to say nice things don't you? I guess they'd be some mention of being vaguely humorous at times and always rather cynical. And making good cakes or similar.

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Mine was my biggest achievement.

It's about what you do when alive isn't it? That was brought home to me recently at a funeral. The eulogy rang rather hollow to me, and I shortly afterwards googled direct funerals.

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Epitaph, eulogy and obituary are not the same.
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Epitaph, eulogy and obituary are not the same.
As has already been pointed out...
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You are posting your epitaphs, not your obituaries.

I don't think anyone would write an obituary for me. I'm not famous or well known enough to get one. I don't imagine I'd be remembered for long anyway. Most people aren't.

As for a eulogy, well you have to say nice things don't you? I guess they'd be some mention of being vaguely humorous at times and always rather cynical. And making good cakes or similar.

*shrugs*
Indeed.

I won't ever get near an obituary - other than perhaps in the paper. But they're dull.

Eulogy - Depends when I die. Right now, it might be quite depressing, but I really like to picture myself as a fun-loving, mischievous and constantly entertaining old man. Then it should be quite good fun.

Epitaph - nothing too cliche or copying the world of stars or anything too meaningful. In fact, maybe no head stone. My step-mum doesn't have one, none of us were bothered about having somewhere physical to go to to think about her. None of us need it.

In fact, no head stone. Depressing and expensive and they take forever to get put in.

Can't I just live forever?
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Can't I just live forever?
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Epitaph - nothing too cliche or copying the world of stars or anything too meaningful. In fact, maybe no head stone. My step-mum doesn't have one, none of us were bothered about having somewhere physical to go to to think about her. None of us need it.

In fact, no head stone. Depressing and expensive and they take forever to get put in.

Can't I just live forever?

As far as I am concerned when I die I can be chucked out with the rubbish. It all ends then and I really don't anyone to waste money on fancy caskets or memorials. A tree somewhere might be nice but that's it.

I might make a declaration that my body can be left to medical science if they want it. I rather like the idea of bits of me being left on buses by medical students to freak people out.
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As far as I am concerned when I die I can be chucked out with the rubbish. It all ends then and I really don't anyone to waste money on fancy caskets or memorials. A tree somewhere might be nice but that's it.

I might make a declaration that my body can be left to medical science if they want it. I rather like the idea of bits of me being left on buses by medical students to freak people out.
Great idea. If any of my organs are worthwhile I'd happily donate them.

A tree - so, at the crematorium where my step-Mum was cremated they offered trees, either with ashes under or just a plaque or full blown headstones etc. Starting price for basic - £5,000. For something like 25yrs and no longer.

Funerals seem like a great business, non stop demand and people will pay.
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