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Thursday, March 18, 2021

My Supervisor Asked Me To Write His Obituary


It caught me completely off guard. 

He is soon to undergo major surgery, 
but I had no idea he had such misgivings about it.

 I agreed of course.  But now what?

Have you heard of Dorothy McElhaney?

Her mother was 104 years ahead
of her times by negotiating for a
new farmhouse in exchange
for having Dorothy,
her 2nd child.

Dorothy, herself, was unique
in that she wrote her own obituary
which starts:

“It pains me to admit it, but apparently, I have passed away. 

Everyone told me it would happen one day but that’s simply not something I wanted to hear, much less experience.”

And ends

So…I was born; I blinked; and it was over. No buildings named after me; no monuments erected in my honor.


But, I DID have the chance to know and love each and every friend as well as all my family members. How much more blessed can a person be?

Deserves a round of applause, right?

To read the whole of it:

If you were called upon to write 

your own obituary,

what would you write?


  1. Hi Roland - I'd write 'well that's that then' ... I'll be off on another journey - take care one and all. Obituaries and Services can be so interesting - hope all the well with you - stay safe - Hilary