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Writing Your Own Obituary Ahead of Time

(so that it tells the story of your life the way you think it should be told)

By Cynthia Johnson

The Rev. Cynthia Johnson is offering Members and Friends of the Fellowship an opportunity to write their own obituary in a warm, supportive group setting March 1, 3-5 pm. The intention is to share an afternoon of writing, thinking about our mortality, telling our stories and listening to other people’s stories, and talking about the meaning of our lives.

Part I:

We’ll talk about what to put in the obituary notice in the way of facts.  You are asked to bring facts about your birth/death, family and friends, survivors, education, employment, etc.  We’ll talk about fitting all that into two or three paragraphs.  We’ll have a little time for writing, or, at least, getting started.

Part II:

When all is said and done, when your one precious life ends, what do you want people to know about you and remember about you?  What two or three or four themes have run through your life, expressed as hobbies or talents or gifts or passions or causes you’ve championed?  The process that prepares you to write those paragraphs is the most important part.

While this is designed as a one-session workshop, we could decide to gather one week later and bring our final obituaries to share.

Questions: Call Cynthia Johnson at 839-9298. Register in advance for this free session by contacting Pat at the office: or call 854-7559.